SL troops advance, LTTE cornered in 5 sq km area

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Sri Lankan Troops
Colombo, May 8: Sri Lankan troops have reached beyond what was reportedly the last defense line of the Tamil Rebels opening them up to the small strip of territory still held by the ethnic rebels.

The defense ministry on Friday , May 8 said that in the heavy fighting late Thursday, May 7 troops captured a mud embankment built by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to slow down the military offensive.

"Troops continued their advance further... amidst stiff resistance as LTTE terrorists made their maximum effort to hold the earth embankment built to obstruct the security forces," the ministry said.

The government has revealed that LTTE now holds less than five square kms in the northeast region. The troops have suffered minor damage and that they found dead bodies left behind by the rebels in the war zone.

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