Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan air force bombs suspected rebel targets
Apr 18, 2007 - 8:15:32 PM

Colombo, April 18 - The Sri Lankan air force Wednesday bombed suspected Tamil rebel targets in the northern part of the country for the second successive day as they stepped up attacks on the rebels after the traditional new year, military officials said.

The air force bombed a suspected rebel communication centre, a meeting point of the intelligence wing cadres and their air strip in the northern Wanni region, more than 320 km north east of the capital on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the officials.

A rebel communication centre in Pudukudiiruppu, Mullaitivu was bombed on Wednesday morning and a short while later a meeting of the intelligence wing members was bombed in the adjoining Kilinochchi district.

On Tuesday, an airstrip of the rebels, also located in the Kilinochchi district, was targeted.

No details of the damage were immediately available, but the military claimed that all attacks had been successful.

Tamil rebels on March 26 used two of their light aircraft to carry out an aerial attack on an air force base adjoining the international airport at Katunanayaka, 23 km north of the capital. Three bombs had been dropped, but only two exploded.

The air force has stepped up their attacks on rebel targets in the north after New Year celebrations ended over the weekend.

Over 4,000 people have been killed during the past 15 months as violence has escalated in the northern and eastern parts of the country.

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