LTTE's elite Charles Anthony brigade suffered one of their worst setbacks in the 4th Eelam war at the hand of army's 57 division yesterday (26) and today (27). Heavy fighting raged in Chiraddikulama, North of Vavuniya, when SLA mounted an offensive to capture LTTE's 54 base yesterday evening. Fighting continued till today (27) till the base finally fell to the army. Serach and clearing operations are still continuing in the area to defuse the booby traps and to hunt and kill any surviving LTTE elements.
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A large number of LTTE fighters have been killed in this battle (exact number unknown as of yet) and 25 of the bodies have been recovered by the army. Majority of the casualties are from LTTE's elite Charles Anthony brigade. The army has also captured an arsenal of weapons including a 12.7mm AA gun.
Intercepted radio transmissions monitored LTTE elements in the region repeatedly requesting permission for withdrawal even during initial stages of fighting. LTTE command in Wanni apparently turned down all the requests. The LTTE cadre in the area however resisted the army advance fiercely for many hours until they were finally overwhelmed.