While the military has destroyed a considerable number of LTTE bunkers in the north to date, there are nearly 200 LTTE bunkers in all in the northern districts at present.
Speaking to The Nation, Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said that the LTTE has bunkers situated every 10 metres or so in the north and that it changes bunker positions from time to time.
So far no bunker has been captured by the security forces, although the forces have destroyed many of them. At the moment we are in the LTTE Forward Defence Line (FDL), which we captured in 2006. Since then the military has not gone any further. The LTTE has the ability to reconstruct the bunkers even when the forces destroy them, Brigadier Nanayakkara pointed out.
He stated that the main purpose of destroying LTTE bunkers was to decrease the number of Tiger bunkers and reduce the LTTE cadre strength.
These days the military is continuously attacking the LTTE, which continues to reconstruct what the Army destroys, Brigadier Nanayakkara added.