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The Indian Herald

January 2, 2009

LTTE stronghold Killinochi falls to Sri Lankan Army

In a major success, the Sri Lankan army on Friday took control control over Killinochi, the stronghold of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE) after fierce fighting in the island republic.

Killinochi was considered the capital of the LTTE's bastion in the trouble-torn country. It was the place where the air strips and the communcations system of the LTTE was located.

With Sri Lankan defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse announcing the capture of the town, it is clear that battle against LTTE has reached a critical stage and the Tigers' command structure is in a disarray.

The LTTE chief V Prabhakaran is on the run. Sri Lankan Army chief Sarath Fonseka was the first to announce that the army was in control of the LTTE stronghold. He said that a presidential statement was about to be made soon.

The LTTE is considered one of the most fierce militant organisations in the world. For over a decade Killinochi was in the control of the rebels. But in the last few months Army was closing in fast and the LTTE was losing ground in the battle.

TIH Bureau

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