The military sources said that troops made a surprise attack across the Nanthikandal lagoon and entered Mullaittivu on Sunday, Jan 25 morning. The rebels took hold of the town in 1996 and since then the LTTE had established its main military base there.
Mullaittivu is situated in a narrow stretch of land between Nanthikandal lagoon and the Indian Ocean. Army told that once the combing operation is completed the area will be declared 'liberated'.
The rebels lost the last town under their control. Sri Lankan armed forces had earlier captured the de facto LTTE capital of Kilinochi and the crucial Elephant Pass earlier this month.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)