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Gov't troops overrun LTTE bases in Sri Lanka

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Feb 24, IRNA
Attack-Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan security forces have overrun three LTTE bases in the island's restive Trincomalee district in an offensive coinciding with the fifth anniversary of the ceasefire which is now practically holding only on paper.

Troops, backed by artillery, carried out a three-day operation to flush out guerrilla locations just north of Trincomalee yesterday, the Sri Lankan Defense Ministry said in Colombo.

Troops are still continuing their search and clearing operations to provide safety and security for the civilians and troops, the ministry said in a statement, PTI said.

Meanwhile, a pro-rebel website said troops were amassing heavy weapons along the de facto border in the island's north and there were long range attacks yesterday.

The LTTE rebels on Thursday announced the Virtuat collapse of a 2002 truce arranged by Norway and said military action by the island nation's government compelled them to achieve statehood.

The rebel Liberation Tigers said the ceasefire was now virtually non-existent but stopped short of formally pulling out the truce.


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