Advancing troops in Thoppigala area detected the largest ever single fleet of vehicles abandoned by the LTTE.
Troops in Narakamulla, Taravikulam and surrounding areas in Thoppigala were able to detect six double cabs, four vans, seven tractors with trailers, fifteen trailers, nine Canter lorries, nineteen motorbikes and two bowsers, a senior military official said.
Meanwhile, Air Force jets and helicopters carried out a series of air strikes on LTTE targets in Thoppiagala and Wanni during last few days, with the latest being yesterday.
He said that during yesterday, Kfir jets bombed identified LTTE targets in Thoppigala and two LTTE Sea Tiger bases with radar systems South of Silawathurai in Mannar. The official also said that on Monday fighter jets pounded a Sea Tiger base in Kallar , south of Mannar and also an LTTE hideout in Thoppigala.
`Ground troops as well as intercepted LTTE communications confirmed heavy damages to the rebels,` the official added.
Troops have been able to capture Pankunaveli - Narakamulla road and Sittandy -Periyamadu road in the Thoppigala area by Monday night. Army Engineers started repair work on Laviniaru Bridge which was blown up by fleeing terrorists.