Soldiers of Sri Lanka Army broke through LTTE defences today morning to capture the town of Tunukkai, despite LTTE attempts to reinforce the defence lines. Tunukkai was one of the larger towns under LTTE control and was besieged by the army 57 division for days. Special Forces (SF) units operating behind enemy lines assisted the infantry formations of the 57 division in the operation. Casualty details are not available.
Meanwhile the 58 division soldiers, assisted by commando units, were able to reach the first LTTE defence line in Nachchikuda, Kilinochchi where a major sea tiger base is located. Heavy LTTE resistance is expected in the coming days as this base is strategically important to LTTE operations in southern Kilinochchi as well as sea tiger movements along the North western coast.