Troops who launched a pre-down attack yesterday captured LTTE s stronghold Lima Base - 3 located east of Kattankulam in Mannar.
Seven LTTE terrorists were killed while more others received injuries in to this surprise attack launched around 4.35 a.m. A stretch of about 1,300 meters also came under troops control as the LTTE terrorists fled the area in the face of heavy firepower launched by the advancing troops, Army sources said.
Meanwhile, three heavily armed Sea Tiger boats were destroyed by Air Force fighter jets last morning on the Alampil beach, Mullaitivu.
Air Force Wing Commander Andrew Wijesuriya said Air Force fighter jets carried out an air attack following information provided by the Naval personnel on two suspected heavily armed Tiger boats attempting to breach the Alampil beach round 9.30 a.m.
The Air Force fighters reached the Alampil beach before two sea Tiger boats
touched the shore and bombarded the LTTE boats when they were stranded on the beach , Wing Commander Wijesuriya told the Daily News.
The Air Force fighters also observed from the air surveillance another heavily armed sea Tiger boat in the Alampil sea and destroyed it. Pilots confirmed that a huge explosion had been seen from three LTTE boats which caused heavy damages to the sea Tigers , he added.
Meanwhile, an Air Force MI-24 helicopter gunship carried out an air attack targeting the LTTE mortar launching pad and forward operation location on Sunday late night in the East of Adampan, Mannar.
The air sorties were conducted on Sunday at around 10.30 p.m. as a support for ground troops launching offensive attacks on the LTTE Forward Defence Lines ahead of the Mannar battle ground. The targets were located on a jungle patch 3 to 4 km North of the Mannar FDL s , he added.
According to defence sources, the Security Forces launched heavy artillery attacks with Air Force support to raid the LTTE artillery position. Intercepting the LTTE communication confirmed that 12 LTTE cadres were killed and many others injured in the artillery attack, sources added.