Tamil Tigers warned of wipe-out

Colombo, August 19:

Riding on public support for the ongoing war against the Tamil Tigers, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declared that the military campaign will continue “until the last rebel is killed or every inch of land is captured”, a media report said today.

President Rajapaksa made these remarks while addressing an election rally of his United People Freedom Alliance (UPFA) at Ruwanwella in Sabaragamuwa province yesterday.

Provincial council elections are scheduled to be held for the Sabaragamuwa and North-Central provincial councils on August 23.

“We liberated the eastern province and will liberate the north too very shortly. There is no turning back under any circumstances or influence now, until every inch of land is recaptured and each and every terrorist is killed or captured,” the state-run Daily News quoted the president as saying at the rally.

Pointing out that it was by no means an easy task and that the troops have to face “daunting challenges and obstacles as they proceed”, the president however, expressed hope that “they would end up victoriously”.