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SL Army captures LTTE camp, kills six rebels

Sri Lankan fighter jets today pounded the last LTTE bastion of Mullaitivu in the island's northern region as the army captured a well fortified rebel camp killing six Tamil Tigers.

world Updated: Jan 24, 2009 10:08 IST

Sri Lankan fighter jets today pounded the last LTTE bastion of Mullaitivu in the island's northern region as the army captured a well fortified rebel camp killing six Tamil Tigers.

Sri Lankan Air Force jets and MI-24 helicopter gunships continued air sorties at identified LTTE resistance positions in support of the advancing 59 and 57 Divisions and TF-3 troops at Mullaitivu, officials said.

"Multiple air attacks were carried out South of Mullaitivu, East of Visuamadu and Northeast of the Kalmadukulam Tank since early this morning," Air Force sources said.

According to Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, the initial raid was conducted by fighter jets in support of the 59 Division troops at an LTTE resistance position located South of Mullaitivu at around 6.30 am.

A similar raid was conducted Northeast of the Kalmadukulam Tank Bund in support of the 57 Division troops in the wee hours, he said.

Earlier this morning, MI-24 helicopter gunships launched close combat air assaults at an identified LTTE resistance position and defence line East of Visuamadu.

The air assault was conducted in support of the Task Force -3 troops, the Air Force sources said.

Meanwhile, troops gained control over a LTTE satellite base located West of Puthukudiyirippu, and seized weapons, after an intense gunfire exchange, the Defence Ministry said quoting security sources.