Sri Lanka troops take another village from Tigers

December 15, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lankan security forces captured another key village from Tamil Tiger rebels on Monday after heavy fighting as the air force kept up bombing more guerrilla targets, the defence ministry said.

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Troops took control of the village of Ampakamam after hours of heavy fighting, the ministry said, adding that the area had been used by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as an administrative hub.

Troops moved into the area as soldiers in the neighbouring Kilinochchi district were trying to take control of the town of Kilinochchi, where the Tigers maintain their political headquarters.

The air force carried out several bombing sorties over Kilinochchi on Monday after an intense bombing drive over the weekend, the ministry said.

Last week, the military said it was within “kissing distance” of the town, but heavy rebel resistance and monsoon rains had slowed the army offensive.

Both sides have claimed inflicting heavy losses in the recent battles.

However, it is not possible to verify casualty claims by either side as independent reporters and