Sri Lanka government troops to hunt down the LTTE 10 years to regain rebel capital
to hunt down the LTTE Sri Lankan troops retake rebel capital, 10 years
BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) Hong Kong,” Wen Wei Po “, Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger rebels suffered a major military defeat , 2, announced that government forces captured the Tamil Tigers stronghold of Kilinochchi, the first time in nearly 10 years to regain the capital of the rebel Tamil Tigers seek independence struggle over 20 years is facing defeat. Shortly after news of the capital Colombo air force base suicide attack, triggering a powerful explosion, killing at least 3 dead 37 injured.
Sri Lankan military officials said a high-end military attack into the Kilinochchi south (also reported as a three-way attack), the Tigers did not fierce recalcitrant government forces quickly won the city’s train station , very soon, “full control” of the city. Ruling party spokesman announced: “flag has been flying in Kilinochchi.”
two wins on New Year’s first city
Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka over the past 10 years has been the Tiger’s political and military center, built its courts, police stations and banks and other institutions, the government regain the city is described as a “historic victory.” This siege warfare unknown number of casualties.
after government troops captured the Kilinochchi on New Year’s south and north of the Palan Tan 伊勒奈默杜 region, killing at least 60 rebels, won in the past 10 years has been rebel-Palan Tan, paving the way for the attack Kilinochchi.
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rebels, the military did not immediately respond to the statement, but the rebels on the website “Tamil network,” said military air strikes in the north, leading to 10 civilians were killed in two days. Tigers to publish the number of civilian casualties in order to get moral support to the outside world.
political analysts 萨拉瓦纳穆 figure that the fall of Kilinochchi, the Tigers fell, meaning that its sphere of influence only over Mullaitivu a founding attempt has collapsed. “I would not say this is the end of the war, the Tamil Tigers but it may mark the beginning of the main shrinking territory.”
But the BBC correspondent in Sri Lanka that the Kilinochchi symbolism of gain and loss may be greater than the actual strategic significance, the Tigers still control many parts of the northeast coast, more fighting is inevitable.
25 years of conflict, 70,000 people die
government forces since 2006, launched a massive military offensive on the LTTE, President Rajapaksa in January last year. formally withdraw from the ceasefire agreement last six years, and require the withdrawal of United Nations and international aid organizations Kilinochchi. Government forces recaptured the eastern province in July, the offensive focus to the north.
from the 1980s, the Tamil Tigers and government forces fight discrimination on the grounds, with a view to the east and north of the country in Sri Lanka to establish an independent Tamil state. Last more than 25 years of conflict has resulted in 70,000 deaths, national development are severely affected.