Sri Lanka resumes offensive against Tigers as rains subside+
Sun November 30, 2008 08:02 EST .
COLOMBO, Nov. 30 (Kyodo) Sri Lanka's military on Sunday resumed a major offensive aimed at capturing the political capital of the Tamil Tiger rebels as monsoon rains showed signs of subsiding, Defense Ministry officials said.
They said helicopter gunships were deployed to attack defensive positions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and help ground troops make an advance on the town of Kilinochchi, the political headquarters of the rebels.
''MI-24 helicopter gunships conducted precision air assaults at identified LTTE resistance positions located at Murukandy, east of Akkarayankulama (on the western side of Kilinochchi),'' the ministry said.
It said the air campaign was in support of soldiers of the 57th division, who are approaching Kilinochchi from the western flank.
The military announced last week that it was about to capture Kilinochchi where the Tigers had received visiting foreign dignitaries, including Japan's special peace envoy Yasushi Akashi.
Heavy rains stalled the military campaign with most parts of the country's embattled north flooded by heavy monsoon rains and Cyclone Nisha, which lashed the area last week.
The country's disaster management center said nearly 300,000 people were driven out of their flooded homes in the troubled northern districts alone while seven deaths have been reported.Discuss this story
Published: Sun Nov 30 10:10:28 EST 2008