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Sri Lankan Army Says Rebel Defense Lines Overrun Near Jaffna
bloomberg, Jan. 31. an. 31 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lanka's army said soldiers overran two defense lines of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam near Jaffna as it increased attacks in the north, the last area controlled by rebel forces.

Hundreds of soldiers stormed the defense lines at Nagarkovil and Muhamale on the Jaffna peninsula, killing as many as 30 fighters yesterday, the Media Center for National Security said on its Web site.

The LTTE beat back yesterday's pre-dawn army offensive in the Jaffna peninsula, the group's spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan said in an e-mailed statement.

The Tamil Tigers suffered their most serious defeat in July last year when the army drove fighters from Sri Lanka's eastern region. The government on Jan. 16 ended a 2002 cease-fire with the LTTE, which is fighting for a separate homeland in the 25- year conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people.

Air force jets attacked LTTE positions about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) south of Muhamale yesterday, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on its Web site. More... b>Discuss this story
Published: Wed Jan 30 22:18:21 EST 2008

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