Army ‘completes Jaffna takeover’

[ BBC ]

The last remaining strip of rebel-held land on the northern Jaffna peninsula is now in government hands, the Sri Lankan administration says. Correspondents say that taking full control after nine years is another strategic victory for the government. The capture follows the recent fall of the town of Kilinochchi and the strategically important Elephant Pass. Separately, the president has pledged to protect press freedom in the wake of a high-profile journalist’s killing.

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