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 Post subject: Troops capture Mannar 'Rice Bowl'
 Post Posted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:47 am 
Troops capture Mannar 'Rice Bowl'
Wanni operation enters into fast track

Colombo, Sunday, 29 June 2008
@ Agencies/ SLA

The advancing SL Security Forces took total control over the entire Mannar 'Rice Bowl' area today, after days of heavy fighting ensued between troops and LTTE.

The capture of this area stands to be a significant breakthrough made by the security forces after the capture of Periyamadhu area on 26th June. According to military Spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, the total area brought under control is approximately 120 sq. kms, which mainly consists of the Island's most fertile paddy fields.

Manthai, Manthottam, Adampan, Pallekuli, Kurukkandalkulama, Vellankulama, Vadakkandal, Alankulama, Andankulama, Marattikannadi, Alakaddiveli, Parappakandal. Parappukadatan, Tenveddiyan, Minukkulama, Vilayankulama, Papamoddai, Odduppalan, Kuruvil- Sluice, Neduvarampu, Kannaputtukulama and Vannakulama, were the main areas that was captured by the security forces as troops are said to have consolidated and poised within striking distances to LTTE's strategically important coastal stronghold in Veddithalthivu.

Capture of the Mannar 'Rice Bowl' and adjacent areas has denied the LTTE 12 Km of the A-32 Mannar- Pooneryn main road, in addition to the Uyilankulama - Adampan and Uyilankulama - Andankulama main roads, considered to be LTTE's main supply routes from the North.

The LTTE has also lost 13 km of coastal stretch in Mannar.

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