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If Prabhakaran and men don’t surrender they’ll be wiped out : Keheliya

Defence Spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Monday said that the government had issued an ultimatum to LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran and the remaining Tiger cadres to lay down arms and surrender within the next 24 hours from Monday noon or face the consequences.

Rambukwella said the remaining Tigers, including their leader had not heeded the warnings issued by the government in the recent past to surrender and as a result a number of key members of the LTTE were killed in clashes with the troops a couple weeks ago.

"The remaining Tigers will face the same fate as their slain leaders if they don’t surrender and they will be wiped out by the in time," Rambukwella added.

The beleaguered Tiger leaders were taking refuge behind the civilians since they knew that their days were numbered, the minister said.

The LTTE was making a vain attempt to stop the civilians crossing to the government controlled areas from the Safe Zone. On Monday three Tiger suicide cadres blasted themselves in this area killing 17 innocent civilians including women and children.

But the civilians were undeterred and over 35,000 displaced people moved to the safety of the government controlled areas on Monday, Rambukwella pointed out.

Meanwhile, the troops of the 58 Division gained full control of Puthumathalan and Ampalampokkanai area and they breached the 2 ½ KM -long earth bund, the last defence strategy of the terrorist group.

In the process the troops destroyed at least 17 Tiger bunkers.

According to Ground Commanders LTTE’s Intelligence Chief "Pottu Amman" who had been leading his cadres had fled in the face of the fierce onslaught by the troops.

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