SLA claims it captured strategic junction

[TamilNet, Sunday, 04 July 1999, 09:35 GMT]
SLA headquarters sources in Colombo said this afternoon that troops captured a strategic junction on the Mannar-Pooneryn road in the early hours of the morning today unopposed. They said that the army had moved along the Neduvarampu road from its positions at Aandaankulam and taken the junction. Aandaankulam is southeast of the Pallamadu junction, in the interior east of the Mannar-Pooneryn road.

Troops had avoided the main road where the Liberation Tigers had fiercely resisted an massed army advance last week. The junction on the Mannar-Pooneryn-Jaffna road captured by the SLA this morning is 24 kilometers from Mannar and 11 kilometers from Aandaankulam.

The army's claim, however, could not be officially or independently verified.

 

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