Confident that Sri Lankan troops will achieve bigger success in their battle against the LTTE, Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickremanayake has said there would be "more breaking news" on the war front soon as security forces killed 38 rebels in fierce fighting in the north.
"In a few days there will be more breaking news. Civilians are unfortunately getting trapped between the LTTE and security forces," Wickremanayake told a public rally on Saturday. The Lankan troops have recaptured most of the rebel-held territories in the north in recent months, taking over the LTTE de facto capital of Kilinochchi and establishing full control over Jaffna peninsula.
"I wish to state that terrorism will be eradicated from this country before long," the Prime Minister said. His comments came as Lankan troops pushed further to flush out the remaining LTTE cadres holed up in a small area in the northern conflict zone.
Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said 10 Tiger rebels were killed in Pudukudiyirippu area on Saturday, while as many as 28 were gunned down by the troops on Sunday.
In another setback to the LTTE, "Sri Lankan security forces brought the important Iranapalai junction in the east of Pudukudiyirippu in Mullaittivu completely under their control yesterday," the Defence Ministry said.