Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan air force bombs LTTE post
Apr 26, 2007 - 12:35:17 PM

Colombo, April 26 - Air force fighter bombers have bombed a Tamil Tiger position in northern Sri Lanka, defence officials said here Thursday.

The air force jets bombed a position east of Kilinochchi, a town held by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - in Northern Province, at 8 a.m. -, an official at the Media Centre for National Security said.

The targeted location was a point where the LTTE leadership usually meets and the damage caused to the Tigers was not yet known, an official said.

The Sri Lankan Air Force regularly pounds Tamil Tiger positions in the north and east, an exercise necessary to weaken the LTTE's striking capability against the troops, according to officials.

The LTTE, on their part, have carried out two separate air raids on troop positions.

In March, they dropped two bombs at the main air base in Colombo and targeted the main air base in the northern Jaffna peninsula Tuesday.

Government troops and LTTE rebels are currently locked in fierce battles in the island country's north and east. More than 4,000 people have been killed since December 2005 despite a Norwegian-arranged truce in place.

The LTTE has been fighting for an independent homeland for Sri Lanka's 12.5 percent Tamil minority since the 1970s.

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