The Sri Lankan military has captured two key towns held by Tamil Tiger rebels in northern Sri Lanka. In a statement, the defence ministry said that with the fall of Thunukkai and Uyilankulam, the military was just 12 kilometres away from south of Kilinochchi, the centre of the de facto state run by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). No details on casualties were known immediately, but the army claimed the rebels had suffered heavy casualties. The Tamil Tigers did not immediately comment on the incident. The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama is currently on a visit to the German city of Frankfurt. His visit is aimed at strengthening relations with members of the business community and potential investors in a bid to
Violence has escalated since a peace deal was scrapped in January 2008
allay concerns about the security situation in the country.