Vavuniya

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Vavuniya
வவுனியா
වවුනියා
Town
Skyline of Vavuniya
Vavuniya is located in Sri Lanka
Vavuniya
Vavuniya
Coordinates: 8°45′0″N 80°29′0″E / 8.75000°N 80.48333°E / 8.75000; 80.48333Coordinates: 8°45′0″N 80°29′0″E / 8.75000°N 80.48333°E / 8.75000; 80.48333
Country Sri Lanka
Province Northern
District Vavuniya
DS Division Vavuniya South (Tamil)
Government
 • Type Urban Council
 • Chairman Iyaththurai Kanagiah (TNA)
Population (2007)
 • Total 75,175
 • Density 3,341/km2 (8,641/sq mi)
Time zone Sri Lanka Standard Time Zone (UTC+5:30)

Vavuniya (Tamil: வவுனியா, Sinhalese: වවුනියා) is a big town in the Northern Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. It's also the main town of Vavuniya District. Vavuniya was often referred to as the gateway to Vanni.

Vavuniya used to be a front line town in the war between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan Army until the Army advanced northwards during the 2008 SLA Northern offensive. Clashes between different Tamil militant groups have resulted in instability in the city, and those from the south of Sri Lanka do not visit it often.

The Sri Lankan Army is in constant patrol, and heavy security is apparent. This is due to the Security Forces Headquarters - Wanni being based in Vavuniya in close proximity to the Sri Lanka Air Force air base SLAF Vavuniya, which is also used for civilian flights. The town has a railway station on the Northern Line.

The Family Tracing Unit (FTU) is based in Vavuniya.