Sri Lankan troops encircle last 8 sq km in war zone
As the pressure on Sri Lanka mounts to stop the war against LTTE terrorists, today SL Army announced that the LTTE terrorists are confined to 8 square kilometers and SL Navy was put on full alert to prevent terrorists from escaping.
Army said that the give more priority to the safety of civilians as LTTE terrorists are mixed with them. Once the civilians are safe, it is easy to eliminiate the remaining terrorists.
Sensing an imminent collapse of the LTTE, Sri Lankan forces on Thursday encircled the last 8 sq km patch of area in northern war zone
where they suspect Tiger supremo V Prabhakaran and his top aides are holed up and put naval warships on full alert to foil any escape bid by the rebels.
A naval blockade was put around northern Mullaittivu close to the areas where LTTE cadres still had access to the sea as Sri Lankan army
chief Sarath Fonseka said the troops knew the "general area" where Prabhakaran could be hiding.
Backed by tanks, the Lankan forces surrounded the small jungle patch where an estimated 800-900 Tamil Tigers were still offering resistance.
"We are set to destroy him," Fonseka said, admitting that his forces were facing stiff resistance from the remnant LTTE cadres.
But the army chief said the security forces' primary task at the moment was to get trapped Tamil civilians out of the war zone to safety.