5:24 PM

Civilians flee defying LTTE orders

Large groups of civilians are fleeing the LTTE controlled Kilinochchi District to government controlled areas in the North defying LTTE orders, Director of the Media Centre for National Security, told News-Lanka yesterday.

The LTTE had threatened the civilians leaving their stronghold with death, he said.

The armed forces were now within 14 kilometres from the Kilinochchi town. The Sri Lanka Air Force attacked three LTTE positions in the district yesterday and inflicted heavy losses on terrorist positions. The ground troops were advancing according to plan, Hulugalle said.