Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Army clash with LTTE group in Thanamalwila

At least two army soldiers injured in a direct confrontation with the group of LTTE cadres,involved in series of devastating attacks against the civilians in Monaragala district, a short while ago.
Firing sounds were heard inside the jungles of Sirinandapura,Thanamalwila when the soldiers confronted the team of Tigers in the first time,after latter carried out attacks in Buttala,Thanamalwila and Dombeyaya which claimed at least 47 lives within a week.
A military sniffer dog,directed the soldiers in to the area,where the LTTE cadres were hiding,according to initial reports.There are no immediate details of the damages caused to the Tigers.


chamal said...
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chamal said...

Didn't the search teams find even any traces of damages to the LTTE?

Srilankan said...

I dont think there will be any damage to the LTTE.But this is the idea..to keep prompting the LTTE.. for a response..hopefully not deadly to the soldiers hunting them..

onecountry said...

This team appears to be better trained and skilled than our soldiers deployed in this area. They are always one step ahead. I cannot imagine how they can get away even after coming in contact. If we are just manning road blocks, you will never catch them.

Unknown said...

Hi folks,

I'm new to this blog. But, I thought of bringing this article to notice of defence establishments so that they can avoid falling on the same pits again.


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Sandun Dasanayake said...
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Sandun Dasanayake said...

DW, Any news about this? Is this true?

Tigers deploy snipers to confront SLA troops in Mannaar
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 22 January 2008, 13:55 GMT]
At least 12 Sri Lanka Army soldiers were sniped and killed and 27 wounded Tuesday morning when Liberation Tigers Operations Command in Mannaar deployed Tiger snipers to confront advancing SLA troops in Paalaikkuzhi. The SLA movement was repulsed without LTTE casualties, the LTTE command in Mannaar told media.

Defencewire said...

Not true. Many o the cadres that are deployed in these areas are not skilled snipers.

chamal said...

First of all, Tamilnet should learn how to tell a lie. Even the highly trained army snipers don't get more than 30 targets in one day. And usually snipers' job is to take high profile targets and perform recon missions. They don't go around killing every 'Private Nobody' they see, it would reduce their effectiveness as the enemy is sure to take countermeasures.

Defencewire said...

They would require at least 4 teams of snipers for this. A team comprises of an observer/spotter who calls the shot, sometimes chanting 'fire,fire,fire' until the shot is fired, and then confirms target acquisition. The gunner and the spotter must have undergone a tough course on marksmanship, camouflage and conceal (hide and conceal), survival, observation tactics and stalking tactics. The LTTE has such cadres but it is humanly not possible to kill 12 soldiers and would 27 others in 3 hours in dense thicket, with several hundred trained men using cover to attack you.

So the story has these practical problems.
1. 12 SLA KIA in 3hrs but 27 WIA? Snipers don't shoot to injure. They shoot to kill. How come the snipers managed to hide, conceal, stalk and effectively gun down 12 SLA consecutively in 3 hours?

2. The availability of a 12-8man team of snipers in Mannar North? Snipers don't operate in teams. They operate in twos, but maybe part of a much larger team. This is usually done during long operational duties, in medium or deep battlespace, not during a defensive operation facing a mobility corridor with at least 4 avenues of approaches comprising over 4000 men bearing down on you and your fighters are running helter-skelter!

3. What did the SLA do while 12 soldiers were stalked and killed one by one by one sniper platoon? No ground commander would allow this to happen. This is a fact!

Sandun Dasanayake said...

thanks DW. Very nice explanation. Tamilnet guys try their best to keep Tamil diaspora's moral high to get more money for the war.

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