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Sri Lankan army claims Tamil tigers end is near
Sri Lankan army has claimed that it has reached the final phase of the war against Tamil tigers. Meanwhile, more than 3,000 civilians have fled the Tiger controlled area with the help of Sri Lankan army

SRI LANKAN army on Friday (May 15) claimed that it has reached the final phase of its fight against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam. It also claimed that the hostage rescue mission was also on the verge on completion as it opened an escape route for the civilians being held in Vellamullivaikkal area

Around 3000 civilians held hostage by the Tamil tigers had managed to cross over last morning as troops stepped up measures to rap up the last vestiges of LTTE holding on in the area.

Army officials said that only 1.5 kilometre area on the northeastern coast remained in the hands of the LTTE. They said that soldiers of 58 and 59 divisions will soon manage to outflank the rebels fighting in the area and liberate the entire coastline.

In a strategic move, Sri Lankan troops of 53 division marched along the Nanthikadal lagoon, whereas another division fought through the open coast to pin the Tamil rebels, thus enabling the hostages to flee cross over to safer areas.

A large number of civilians had managed to cross over and seek refuge with the army due to the army action. Army officials alleged that the civilians were being fired upon by the Tamil tigers as they moved to government controlled areas.

Meanwhile, contrary to the government claims, Tamil rebels have alleged that the entire no fire zone area was up in smoke due to the heavy shelling resorted to by the armed forces. Since Friday morning, LTTE claimed that hundreds of civilians have been killed and injured as the army tried to enter the last rebel controlled areas.


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