Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Air Force bombs rebel camp
Mar 1, 2007 - 8:41:47 PM

Colombo, March 1 - The Sri Lankan Air Force bombed a Tamil rebel training camp in the north of the country Thursday, amid reports of a recent rebel military build up in the area involving intensified training, amassing of arms and ammunition and conscription of local teenagers.

An aircraft bombed the training base at Kunukkal close to Mankulam, 300 km northeast of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, a military statement said.

There have been reports of a heavy military build up in the rebel strong holds of Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts, it said.

There were no details of the damage although pilots had observed, 'scores of Tiger terrorists - training,' the statement added without giving details.

Independent reports confirmed that civilians have been trying to move away from rebel camps in the area fearing that the air force will launch a full-scale attack.

The air force has been playing an important role in destroying Tamil rebel positions in northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka in recent months.

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