[ BBC ]
The Sri Lankan army has captured Elephant Pass, the strategic causeway linking the Jaffna peninsula with the mainland, the president has said. Mahinda Rajapaksa said Tamil Tiger rebels had been completely dislodged. The Tigers have made no comment yet. Troops took Kilinochchi, the HQ of the rebels, last week and began a pincer movement on Elephant Pass. The Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland for 25 years and have held the pass since 2000.