Sri Lanka troops capture rebels’ defence barrier

May 3rd, 2009 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, May 3 (Xinhua) The Sri Lankan troops have captured an important earth embankment used by the Tamil Tiger rebels for defence, an official said Sunday.
The area is located near the Nanthikandal lagoon, south of an important highway in northeastern Sri Lanka.

“The 53rd division (army) has captured the bund (the earth embankment) north of the Nanthikandal lagoon, south of the A-35 road,” military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, said.

The 500 metre long and two-metre wide bund was captured Sunday morning. The Tamil Tigers had suffered extensive damage in the fighting, he added.

He said the troops are continuing operations to free Tamil civilians trapped in the northern battle front.

Meanwhile, the police said search for LTTE members (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) is continuing in the jungles of Kanjilkudujiaru in northeastern part of the country. On Saturday, the security forces have shot dead four senior members of the LTTE in the area.

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