|Military says troops seize rebel base in Sri Lanka|
|Tuesday, 13 January 2009|
The Associated Press
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan troops captured a rebel base and a training camp as government forces continued their march toward the Tamil Tigers' last stronghold in the north, the military said Tuesday.
Soldiers took control of the coordination base in the village of Keridamadu in the rebel-held region of Mullaittivu "after bitter clashes" Monday, the military said in a statement. The captured training camp was nearby, it said.
The statement did not provide details of casualties.
Also Monday, soldiers found the bodies of three rebels killed in fighting elsewhere in the north, the military said.
There was no comment from rebels and it was also not possible to independently verify the military reports because journalists are banned from the northern jungles where much of the fighting takes place.
The military has won a string of major victories against the rebels in recent weeks, capturing their administrative capital of Kilinochchi and seizing their main base on the Jaffna peninsula.
The rebels, who once controlled a substantial swath of territory in the north, have retreated to a small region of jungle in the northeast Mullaittivu district.
The government has vowed to crush the separatist guerrillas and end the Indian Ocean island nation's 25-year-old civil war in the coming months.
The rebels have been fighting since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered decades of marginalization by governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority. The conflict has killed more than 70,000 people.
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