Tuesday, April 8, 2008
All routes leading to Madhu such as the Mannar-Madhu, Uylankulam-Madhu and Thampanai-Madhu roads are under SLA control. The Army officially entered Madhu last week when the 'Madhu Thorana', a welcome sign erected on the Mannar-Madhu road was captured.
Unconfirmed reports indicated that the tigers from Charles Anthony, Ratha and Malathi Regiments have taken GPS coordinates of the church premises when they first entered the premises in full force last Sunday. The parish priests from Thevakutti who were among the last persons to leave the area are inaccessible to troops after they took flight towards LTTE held areas. However, civilians escaping the area have told the Army that the Tigers have booby trapped a campsite for pilgrims next to the small tank at the Madhu Church.
Meanwhile special teams are searching for two persons who entered the Yala jungle 30kms from Ethimale in Monaragala. A witness has claimed he heard shots being fired. It is still not clear whether it was the LTTE or Ganja cultivators or both that were responsible for the disappearance.
Posted by Defencewire at 7:21 PM
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