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Sri Lanka troops inside key Elephant Pass

[Reuters, Friday, 9 January 2009 07:51 No Comment]

Sri Lankan troops are fighting inside Elephant Pass, the strategic gateway to the Jaffna Peninsula held by the separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, the government said on Friday.

 

"We haven’t captured it. We are moving in and fighting is going on," defence spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella, who is also a minister, told Reuters. Some media reports said it had been captured, but Rambukwella said that was premature.

 

The Tigers could not be reached for comment.

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