Sri Lanka troops seize strategic pass from Tigers
Sri Lankan government Forces continues to move closer to rebel tamil hideouts after taking over Kilinochchi, the political headquarters of the Tamil Tiger rebels last week and then marched north. Heavy fighting is under way as troops assault Elephant Pass, the strategic causeway linking the Jaffna peninsula with the mainland.
Sri Lankan troops fighting Tamil rebels on Friday took full control of the highly strategic Elephant Pass, a causeway linking the Jaffna peninsula with the northern mainland, an official said.
The causeway fell to government troops advancing northwards from Kilinochchi, the political headquarters of the Tamil Tigers captured by the army a week ago, a government spokesman said.
"They have established full control over Elephant Pass today after entering the south of the area four days ago," he said.
There was no comment from the Tamil Tigers, who had held the Elephant Pass since April 2000.