Armed Forces seize four villages around Sampur
September 2nd, 2006
By D.B.S. Jeyaraj
Sri Lankan armed forces were poised to overrun the strategic Sampoor area after seizing four adjacent villages in six days of fighting with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil eelam (LTTE)
The armed forces have brought under complete control the villages of Kattaiparichan, Senaiyoor, Ganeshapuram and Ambalnagar after fierce fighting it is learnt. These villages are situated around Sampoor.
With all resident having fled in the face of the security forces assault the newly captured areas are virtually devoid of human life other than the LTTE .
The armed forces renewed fighting on Thursday Aug 31st after a lull on the previous day.
Troops moved forward in three directions.
Security personnel advancing from their positions in Pachanoor reached and consolidated a place called Santhanavattai near the Malligaitheevu junction along the A – 15 road.
Troops also broke out from the Thoppoor and Selvanagar camps and reached Pattiaddy on the Ilakkanthai road.
The main advance was from entrenched positions in Kattaiparichan along the Kottiar bay coast. After overrunning Kattaiparichan completely the armed forces also took the Senaiyoor village and also the agricultural settlements of Ganeshapuram and Ambalnagar.
With these adjacent areas coming under full control of the armed forces , troops have entered areas coming under the Sampoor grama Sevaka division.
Casualty figures for both sides were not available.
Among LTTE losses was the death of a key leader Major. Parani. The security forces reportedly lost an armoured personnel carrier and another armoured heavy vehicle.
The security forces seem to have gained an advantageous position and are now poised to retake Sampoor completely.LTTE cadres ion Sampoor are continuing to offer resistance.
Aerial bombardment, Multi barrel and artillery fire, naval gunboat shelling of the Muthur East region continued.
Army Commander Gen Sarath Fonseka has stated that Sampoor would fall in a few days.
LTTE political commissar for Trincomalee S. Elilan has said that the tigers would not allow Sampoor to be captured by the army.
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