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Sri Lankan troops capture LTTE-held territories in Northwest

NEW DELHI, June 26 (KUNA) -- Sri Lankan Armed forces Thursday captured territories held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the Northwestern Mannar district.
"Troopers backed by air force captured seven square kilometres of area, including Periyamadu village," military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told Indo Asian News Service.
Brig. Nanayakkara said the troopers have captured nearly 800 sq km northern in Wanni, northeastern Weli Oya and Mannar regions over the past one year.
At least 12 LTTE men were also killed today in clashes in Mannar.
In another incident, Sri Lankan combat jets successfully raided an LTTE training base at Vellankulam also in Mannar, the news agency said. (end) dr.bs KUNA 270020 Jun 08NNNN