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Sri Lanka troops in LTTE bastion

Sri Lanka army Sri Lankan troops have entered the last Tamil Tiger rebel stronghold of Mullaitivu in the north-east of the island, military sources say.

The town has not been captured and intense fighting is going on, the military spokesman told the BBC.

There has been no comment from the Tamil Tigers, who have suffered a series of reverses in recent months.

The government has vowed to crush the rebels, who have been fighting for a separate homeland for 25 years.

At least 70,000 people have been killed during the insurgency.

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A government spokesman said troops from the 59th division had entered Mullaitivu and that it was “a matter of time before they take full control of the area”.

Tamil Tiger rebels blasted through the walls of a reservoir on Saturday in an attempt to stall the advancing troops, the military said.

There is no way of confirming any of the claims as independent journalists are barred from conflict zone.

The BBC’s Anbarasan Ethirajan in Colombo says the fall of the last main town under the Tigers’ control would deprive the group of a crucial military base.

The government has won a string of military victories in recent months, including the capture of the rebels’ de facto capital of Kilinochchi, cornering the rebels into a tiny pocket of territory in the island’s north-east.

Some officials have predicted the army will recapture the north from the Tamil Tigers in the coming weeks.

However, even with its strong advances, the rebels have shown on many occasions their capacity to fight a guerrilla war operating from secret jungle bases.

It is not clear what has happened to the residents of Mullaitivu.

Earlier this week the military said it had designated a safe zone for civilians as it pushed ahead with its offensive in the area.

But as the fighting intensifies, aid agencies have expressed growing concern for the safety of 250,000 civilians reportedly trapped inside the conflict zones.

Source: BBC News

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