into Tiger territory
The Special Task Force (STF) on Thursday
regained areas in the Ampara district, bringing them
under government control for the first time in 20 years.
|Some of the bullock carts along
with the timber logs seized by the STF recently.
The offensive was launched in the Kanjikudichchi
Aru area, a former stronghold of the LTTE from where
many of the operations in the Eastern Province were
organized by the LTTE.
Many of the massacres reportedly organized
by the LTTE were also carried out from this base.
In a three-pronged attack carried
out from Pottuvil, Pannaloya and Moneragala, STF personnel
advanced into LTTE-controlled areas.
The Air Force backed the operation
by launching air strikes.
The fresh attacks came as the STF
in a separate operation on Thursday in the Karandaoya
area, off Pottuvil, arrested three people involved in
a timber racket.
The suspects were arrested and handed
over to the Lahugala Wildlife Office for further investigation.
The three bullock carts along with implements were also
seized. The arrested suspects will be produced before
STF sources said that due to protests
launched by some Muslims backed by the LTTE after the
killing of 10 Muslim civilians, the STF was withdrawn
from Pottuvil, but due to appeals by others the STF
was redeployed in the area.
Meanwhile, in Mannar, the STF repulsed
an attack by the LTTE on Thursday inflicting casualties
on the Tigers.