The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) is now in full control of Nachchikuda. Troops from the Task Force 1 (58 division) moved into the village today (30th) evening, after breaching LTTE defenses around the area by yesterday afternoon . Nachchikuda once housed a major LTTE sea tiger base however the guerillas have been moving military hardware further north since the SLA began to gradually surround the area few weeks ago. Small groups of LTTE cadres have also managed to escape, some via sea routes, to the LTTE stronghold of Pooneryn. However a number of remaining cadres did put up a stiff resistance to the SLA advance till the TF1 units stormed their defence line yesterday.
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Air Force resumed air strikes on LTTE positions after a long silence. The air strikes come in the wake of another LTTE air attack during which the tigers managed to escape unharmed. According to our information no fighter jets were scrambled during the air raid even though two LTTE aircraft were detected on radar before they entered the skies over Colombo. SLAF later deployed bombers to attack possible landing sites of the Zlins however it was too late and tiger aircraft were then untraceable.
Some may argue about the inaccuracy of the Zlins and minimal structural damage caused by the bombs dropped, but had the bombing on Kelanitissa been even slightly more accurate, the destruction would have been catastrophic. By now the Air Force should have understood that its ground based air defence system is ineffective. Although AA fire from ground did prevent the Zlins from reaching the intended target on several occasions, there is no plausible evidence to suggest that an LTTE aircraft was ever harmed by ground based AA fire after the 9 or so air raids. So far the only success the Air Force has had with the Zlins is the aerial interception on the 9th of September.