Aug 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan troops yesterday (July 31) crossed the Mannar-Kilinochchi boundary and entered LTTE's final stronghold in the Wanni, the district of Kilinochchi, the military said.
Defence Ministry said troops had crossed into the Kilinochchi district at an undisclosed point on the Mannar-Vavuniya frontline and the fall of next Tiger town, Vellankulam on the Mannar-Pooneryn (A-32) road along the northwestern coast is imminent.
Yesterday's operations in the Wanni killed 20 Tigers and injured more than thirty others, defense reports claimed.
Three fronts are advancing north ahead of combined Mannar-Vavuniya frontline into the Tiger stronghold of Kilinochchi.
Troops of Task Force 1 (TF-1) continue marching along the northwestern coast on the western edge of the frontline towards Vellankulam establishing control over a 5 Square kilometers area at Mundampiddi, town before Vellankulam last evening.
Troops of 57 Division are moving ahead in the middle towards the strategically important Tunukkai, a town that lies halfway on the Mankulam - Vellenkulam road which functions as a main supply route of Tigers between Wanni and the northwestern coast .
Meanwhile troops of Task Force 2 (TF-2) are moving along the eastern edge of the Mannar- Vavuniya combined front towards A-9 road.
Defense analysts however are concerned as to why the LTTE is silent about the latest military onslaught into Tiger territory. They sound caution that LTTE may be tactically withdrawing as done in the past in preparation for a major surprise attack on the troops entering into the unfamiliar territory.