Frantic Prabhakaran changes hideouts as troops close in
frequency of gas attacks and the wave type of attacks were intensified
this week as troops inched into the outskirts of the Kilinochchi Tiger
capital whilst its leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, frequently attending
ceremonies to pay homage to their dead Tiger leaders at clandestine
locations, frantically changed his hide outs to avoid air attacks
targeting the LTTE leadership and other military and logistic bases.
Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has to allocate all 365 days of
the year to attend funerals and ceremonies to commemorate the Tiger
leaders who sacrificed their lives to appease his thirst for blood in
achieving an illusionary goal of Tamil Eelam. Prabhakaran cannot just
ignore the lives of these Tiger leaders whom he had preyed to achieve
his illusionary goal Tamil Eelam.
a leader like Prabhakaran, who put the lives of the entire Tamil
community in danger by igniting flames of hatred in their hearts,
equipping them with weapons to fight with the Sri Lankan Security Forces
and making ruthless suicide squadrons to prey young Tamil blood to take
the lives of political and military leaders to achieve his illusion,
remain silent at this decisive moment?
Tamils across the globe should not remain silent over the inane
silence of their so-called leader because they should not allow him to
take the innocent Tamil civilians entrapped in Wanni as hostages to save
his life or to make his escape from the flaming battle field. If he
himself dedicates his life for the sake of the Tamil community he should
come out from his clandestine location and should live with the Tamil
community and fight back along with other military leaders.
The Tamils, who raised their voice against the Sri Lankan Government
and the Security Forces once Tamils were arrested and questioned as
measures to secure the country from terror attacks and their bid to
arrest Tiger infiltrators across the globe, should raise their voice
boldly against the Tiger leader Prabhakaran and urge him to release the
Tamil civilians entrapped in Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu.
It is delightful to note that the majority international community
has realized who the real demons in the affairs of civilians are as many
INGOs and NGOs have already raised their protest against the LTTE for
not allowing the local aid workers to arrive in cleared areas after
fleeing Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu which are now being raging with
So LTTE is now under huge pressure from the international community
to get the Tamil community released from the war ravaged Kilinochchi and
Mullaitivu districts whilst they are also under huge pressure from the
military also as troops have reached the outskirts of Kilinochchi town
by this time.
As Army Commander emphasized at a function in Colombo this week they
are now ready to launch assaults on the Kilinochchi town by the
beginning of this week as it is within the sight of the troops.
It was amidst this situation that the LTTE intensified their counter
attacks on the Security Forces now operating closer to A-9 road and from
Kokavil to Murikkandi and along the Akkarayankulam-Kokavil road.
These counter attacks coming in a wave type of attacks using gas
canisters, and using their grenade teams, RPG teams and LMG teams.These
gas attacks have now become frequent one as almost all the battalions
attached to the 572 Brigade 8 and 10 Sri Lanka Light Infantry
battalions, 4 Sinha Regiment and 3 Gajaba Regiment who were operating in
the East of Akkarayankulam and West of Murikkandi and toward Kokavil had
faced these CS gas attacks at different occasions.
By this time troops are well equipped to face these gas attacks with
thousands of gas masks being sent to the battlefront for the use of the
soldiers in case of in gas attacks.
However, the objective of launching these gas attacks is not clear as
the effectiveness of these is becoming less when it is used in an open
space since they are meant to use in build up areas or inside buildings.
On one hand, it is a clear indication that the LTTE is now entered
into a ‘do or die battle’ as they have observed the real feeling of
their definite defeat in Kilinochchi since there is no other option but
to send their cadres waves after waves to face the advancing
troops.Therefore, they must be thinking of ways of confronting a group
of confused troops who have been affected by these gas attacks. But this
has been negated by the Security Forces by issuing gas masks for every
soldier in the battlefront.
On the other hand, this is a clear indication to say that the LTTE is
not ready to fight in build up areas in the Kilinochchi town as they are
prematurely using these gas attacks which can be effectively used in a
town like Kilinochchi where LTTE is having their main administrative
offices like Police stations, political offices, court complexes and
various other buildings. In further analysing these gas attacks serious
considerations should also be given as to whether the LTTE is studying
the reaction of the Security Forces to these attacks to make use of much
powerful chemicals or gases to thwart the advance of the troops into
It is most unlikely they would make such an attempt as it would bring
deadly effect on both Security Forces and LTTE as well.A most prominent
feature here is that the LTTE was not successful in their effort to
thwart the advance march of the troops as non of their counter offensive
operations have become successful even after deploying their cadres wave
after wave probably for the first time in the two years of fighting
since 2006 as troops have been able to taken the upper hand in all their
counter attacks with the help of the superior fire power and the air
support given by the Sri Lanka Air Force.Over hundred Tiger cadres have
been reportedly killed during confrontations in the East of
Akkarayankulam from September 14 to 22 whilst similar numbers of Tiger
cadres have been confirmed injured in these counter attacks. During the
past four days too over 40 Tiger cadres have been reportedly killed and
large number of cadres sustained injuries during the confrontations in
East of Akkarayankulam.
One of the prominent features in this battle is that all these cadres
killed in these battles belonged to RPG teams, MPMG teams and also from
the elite Imran Pandyan and Charles Anthony Brigade cadres.
Amidst all these counter attacks by the LTTE in the outskirts of
Kilinochchi town, troops have now reached towards A-9 road from Kokavil
to Murikandy. The troops attached to 572 Brigade under the command of
Colonel Senerath Bandara, who received his fresh promotion last Sunday
as a full Colonel, are in a position to dominate the A-9 road at any
Though they have not taken control of the A-9 road they are in a
position to control all the Tiger movements along this section of the
A-9 road as it is within the range of RPG attack of the Security
Forces.Though the Security Forces have the capability to cut off the A-9
road they may not resort to such tactics though initial plans were there
to cut off the A-9 road to thwart Tiger attempts to move their long
range artillery closer towards Omanthai to launch an attack similar to
the one launched towards Wanni Security Forces Headquarters.Such an
attempt can be further negated as troops attached to the 573 Brigade
under the command of Lt. Colonel Prathap Thillekeratne is heading
towards Mankulam direction to take A-9 road further close to troops from
that direction too.
Intense battles were reported on the Mallavi-Mankulam road too with
the troops advancing further towards Mankulam to restrict Tiger movement
along the A-9 road.
As the Security Forces attached to the 57 Division under the command
of Major General Jagath Dias heads towards Kilinochchi ,the 58 Division
under the command of Brigadier Shavendra Silva, made a major
breakthrough with troops advancing further Northward after capturing the
huge earth bund constructed from Nachchikuda to Akkarayankulam from
The troops of the 58 Division have now advanced more than one
kilometre from the earth bund passing Manniyankulam tank and dominating
the Nachchikuda-Akkarayankulam road which is a vital supply route to
feed the Tiger cadres dominating Nachchikuda Sea Tiger Base.
The battle that stagnated for a few weeks due to this huge earth bund
has taken a new turn in this stretch of Kilinochchi district too after
the 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry Battalion captured a vital section of
earth bund last week braving booby traps and huge quantity of AP mines.
They are now maintaining a 2.5 kilometers front ahead of this earth
bund and confronted scores of Tiger cadres pumped into the front from
Muhamalai front. The MI 24 and fighter jets of the SLAF also gave close
support to the advancing troops of the 58 Division accurately engaging
the reinforcements arriving there from Akkarayan area.
The 11 Sri Lanka Light Infantry, 12 Gajaba Regiment and 9 Gemunu
Watch battalions are now holding this ground effectively facing the
Tiger counter attacks. Meanwhile, troops attached to 12 Gemunu Watch
battalion under the command of Lt.Colonel. Nandana Dunuwila and 6 Gemunu
Watch battalion under the Command of Lt. Colonel Kamal Pinnawala managed
to capture another one kilometre stretch of earth bund from Vannerikulam
East further widening the front along this huge earth bund.
Pix : Rukmal Gamage
During these confrontations more than 40 Tiger cadres have been
reportedly killed and 32 names have already been announced by the LTTE
through their communications on Friday itself. Eleven Tiger bodies have
been recovered from this area after the fierce battles and 11 Tiger
bodies have been recovered in the 58 Division area.
This move by the 58 Division put the Security Forces effort to
further restrict the Tiger movement into inner parts of the Kilinochchi
and Mullaitivu districts as further advancement of troops towards the
North will deprive the LTTE of their supplies from the North Western
coast, which is a major prerequisite in starving the LTTE of their
logistic supplies that are coming from the South Indian direction.
Therefore, the battle fronts in the 57 Division heading towards
Kilinochchi and 58 Division heading towards Pooneryn direction are
expected to reach its peak in the coming weeks.
Not only this battlefront, the Weli Oya battle front too becoming
intense with the 59 Division under the command of Brigadier Nandana
Udawatta too reaching to a decisive phase as they too reached the
outskirts of Mullaitivu territory passing the thick jungle area in the
Andankulam forest reserve.
The 591 Brigade under the command of Colonel Aruna Ariyaratne is now
reaching the South of Nayaru lagoon where the LTTE is having their major
Sea Tiger base while 592 Brigade under the command of Lt. Colonel
Maneesha Silva is holding the area in the West of Thannimurippukulam
tank.They are operating just 10 Kilometres short of Mullaitivu in this
In the midst of these battles the LTTE leadership faces diverse
problems as many of the lower level cadres questioned them about the
supply of food, water and ammunition to the cadres operating in the
front. LTTE is confronted with a huge problem over casualty evacuation
as they lacked transport facilities.
They were not getting even artillery support though they were
equipped with enough 60 mm, 80 mm and 120 mm mortars. Therefore, the day
is not too far for the ground level cadres to defy the orders of the
senior level cadres and also in return the senior level cadres to defy
the orders of top brass of the LTTE with all their supplies restricted
from all directions from the Sea and by land.Amidst this situation the
LTTE is facing acute shortage of cadres in the Kilinochchi front and
used to bring in their reinforcements from the Jaffna front. But many of
the reinforced teams also faced the same destiny at the hands of the
Security Forces as they have been targeted by the Security Force before
reaching the desired destinations perishing to air raids and long range
Therefore, the entire area has become a killing zone for the Security
Forces as they were able to reduce Tiger strength to a considerable
number of Tiger cadres before they enter into the centre of Kilinochchi
Therefore, the LTTE will have to show off their resilience to face
the Security Forces amidst losing such a massive number of cadres if
they are to prove to the Tamil community whether they are strong enough
to be the saviours of the Tamil community or else they should accept
their certain defeat at the hands of the Security Forces.