The Sri Lankan government on Saturday resumed railway services after six years between the capital and Kilinochchi, a town devastated by the civil war, officials said.

President Mahinda Rajapaksa launched the train service linking Colombo to Kilinochchi, reported Xinhua.

During the Sri Lankan civil war, the railway line between Colombo and the town of Jaffna, including Kilinochchi, was completely damaged.

Following the truce with Tamil Tiger rebels in May 2009, the railway track between Colombo and Omanthai, also in the north, was reconstructed with Indian assistance and now it has been extended to Kilinochchi.

Next, reconstruction of the railway track would be extended to Jaffna to relink the north and the south by rail network.