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|Sri Lanka troops 'take key town'
||Sri Lanka troops 'take key town'
(about 1 hour later)
Sri Lankan troops have taken control of a key area near the north-eastern port town of Trincomalee held by the Tamil Tiger rebels, the military says.
|A defence spokesman said government forces had moved into the town of Sampur, meeting little resistance.||A defence spokesman said government forces had moved into the town of Sampur, meeting little resistance.|
|There has been no word from the rebels, who have used the area to launch artillery attacks on Trincomalee port.||There has been no word from the rebels, who have used the area to launch artillery attacks on Trincomalee port.|
Fighting around Sampur started more than a week ago. The army aims to split rebels forces in the north and east.