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* Sri Lanka army clears entire Visuamadu, captures Chalai
Thursday, February 5, 2009, 15:38 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 05, Colombo: Sri Lankan troops made major gains today as they cleared the entire Visuamadu area and captured the rebels' last major Sea Tiger town of Chalai on the northeastern coast of Mullaitivu District.

Troops of 55 Division rolled into the largest Sea Tiger Base in Chalai along the land strip north of Mullaitivu coastal this evening and brought the entire area under their control following intense fighting continued since yesterday, the military said.

The fighting killed several senior LTTE Sea Tiger leaders in the area including a Sea Tiger deputy leader known as Vinayagam.

In-charge of LTTE land fighting group known as Kader and Pooneryn area Sea Tiger leader know as Pahalawan were also killed during the confrontation, military sources said. Another Sea Tiger special leader known as Sinna Kannan and eight more sea tigers was killed in a separate confrontation in Chalai yesterday morning.

Meanwhile Sri Lanka Air Force raided more LTTE targets today including a hideout of the senior LTTE leaders.

Air Force spokesman, Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said Mig-27 jets raided LTTE command center and senior LTTE leaders' hideout located 1.5 km north of Puthukkudyiruppu this morning.

Earlier in the day the Kfir jets targeted an LTTE communication centre observed 1.5 km northeast of Puthukkudyiruppu.

The targets were completely destroyed, the spokesman said.

The Tigers dwindled in their numbers are now confined into an area of less than 300 square kilometers of jungle patch.

The Sri Lankan government yesterday rejected any talks with the rebels until all the area is brought under government control and Tigers surrender completely. Several western countries have urged the Tigers to surrender and enter into talks with the Sri Lankan government as their defeat seems inevitable.

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