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 Post Posted: Sat Feb 24, 2007 2:26 pm 
Lankan ground troops capture 3 LTTE bases: military

@ The Hindu / Saturday, February 24, 2007

Colombo, Feb. 24 (AP): Troops have captured three Tamil Tiger rebel bases in northeastern Sri Lanka, forcing the insurgents to flee into the jungles, the Defense Ministry said on Saturday.

``The military had to carry out the operation as the terrorists were targeting our camps in the area and risking supply lines,'' said military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said.

``During the past 72 hours the army, supported by artillery and mortar, successfully neutralized the three LTTE bases,'' Samarasinghe said. He was using the acronym for the Tigers' official name, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The area is near the city of Trincomalee, which has a major Sri Lankan navy base and serves as an important supply line to the north.


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