B. Muralidhar Reddy

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan military on Thursday claimed to have captured yet another bastion of the LTTE in Mullathivu district in the north.

The Defence Ministry said troops attacked the remaining LTTE fortification in the district. They “have reached a decisive stage” entering the Sea Tiger bastion, Alampil, near Mullathivu. After capturing the Kumulamunai, a battle formation advanced along the northern bank of Nayaru lagoon and dominated Kumulamunai-Alampil road.

The Ministry said the battle formation cut-off the Mullathivu-Alampil main road near north of Alampil and moved southwards with an effective thrust on Alampil.

“LTTE terrorists highly utilised the Nayaru lagoon located immediate south of Alampil as the major Sea Tiger operational base for logistic transportation from Mullathivu via sea routs. It was also utilised by the Sea Tigers as a boat launching pad.” With the fall of Alampil, the Ministry said Mullathivu had become vulnerable.

Separately, Sri Lanka Government, the TMVP, and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed an Action Plan on Monday to ensure that the recruitment and use of children by the TMVP comes to an end, and that all children currently with the TMVP are released and provided with reintegration assistance.