COLOMBO (Agencies) - Intense fighting in northern Sri Lanka on Tuesday left at least 25 government troops and 120 Tamil Tigers dead in ongoing battles for the rebels' political capital, a military spokesman said. Security forces carried out simultaneous attacks against Tamil Tiger strong-points near the town of Kilinochchi, and also on the Jaffna peninsula, military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said. In a rare statement announcing casualty figures, he said that another 160 government soldiers and an estimated 250 rebels were wounded. The military said 10 of its soldiers were also missing after Tuesday's fighting. The Defence Ministry decided in October to stop revealing daily casualty figures, saying they would affect military operations. Nanayakkara said troops were consolidating positions they had captured from the Tigers, who have offered stiff resistance to govt forces advancing on Kilinochchi, 330km north of Colombo. The Defence Ministry said Mi-24 helicopter gunships were deployed to destroy a Tamil Tiger boat which had been attacking troops operating in a coastal area in the northern mainland on Tuesday. There was no immediate comment from the Tamil Tigers, but the pro-rebel Tamilnet website said at least 40 government soldiers were killed and another 120 wounded on the Jaffna peninsula alone. The website said fighting went on for nine hours, adding that the Tigers had beaten back the military's advance in the peninsula, but it made no reference to the fighting in the Kilinochchi area. The have established control over a strategic supply route that will restrict LTTE links with a vital township in Mullaittivu as the military opened up several fronts across the northern war zone in an effort to capture the rebel political capital Kilinochichi, the Army said. The advancing 59 Division troops who are making effective inroads towards the LTTE's eastern coastal garrison township have taken control over a 3km vital road stretch along the Oddusudan-Mullaittivu (A-34) road following intense battles with the militants, the defence Ministry said. The road stretch located southwest of Mulliyaweli village is now under military domination, as ground troops said the blockade would deny LTTE the use of the vital supply route connecting its eastern coastal township, it said. "The 59 Division troops operating in Mullaittivu expanded their Kumulamunai defence line after confrontations that killed many LTTE rebels," the Army said in a statement. According to battlefield reports, the 59 Division troops led by Brigadier Nandana Udawatte is engaged in breaking LTTE resistance as fresh fighting has shifted towards the southern outskirts of Mullaittivu. Reports of fighting have increased in recent months amid government's declaration to crush the LTTE, who have been fighting since 1983 for an independent state for the minority ethnic Tamils, alleging marginalisation of the community for decades by governments dominated by the Sinhalese. Security forces this week escalated their ground attacks against Tamil Tiger guerrillas after heavy aerial attacks using jets and helicopter gunships. Soldiers captured the village of Ampakamam, southeast of Kilinochchi, from the Tigers on Monday and a road leading to the rebel military base of Mullaittivu on Tuesday, the Ministry said.