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Sri Lanka army 'defeats rebels'

The Sri Lankan president has declared a military victory over the Tamil Tigers after 26 years of bloody civil war.

However, senior officials told the BBC fighting rages on in a tiny area of the north-east where the Tigers' leadership is said to be cornered.

Damian Grammaticas reports from Colombo.

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