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MAY 14, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 39


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Sri Lanka military says jets bomb Tamil Tiger training base, 13 rebels killed in fighting
Associated Press, Wed May 14, 2008 10:17 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Air force jets pounded a Tamil Tiger rebel training base deep in the jungles of northern Sri Lanka - , and troops killed 13 guerrillas in other fighting, the military said Wednesday.

The airstrike took place Wednesday morning inside the separatist rebels' de facto state in the north, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.

Separately Wednesday, soldiers captured a defense line near the village of Adampan, in the northern Mannar district, after a fight that killed one rebel, Nanayakkara said. No soldiers were injured, he said, while another rebel died in a separate clash in Welioya.

Ground battles Tuesday killed 11 rebels on the civil war's fronts in Jaffna, Vavuniya, Mannar and Welioya, the military spokesman said.

Meanwhile, a Cabinet minister's adviser was killed late Tuesday when Tamil Tiger gunmen dressed as security officers burst into her mother's home and shot her in Jaffna, a tense northern town under government control, Nanayakkara said.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan could not be reached for comment.

It was not possible to independently verify the military's claims because reporters are not allowed in the war zone. The two sides are known to exaggerate their enemies' casualties while underreporting their own.

The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for minority ethnic Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by majority Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed in the violence.
Published: Wed May 14 14:58:08 EDT 2008

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Colombo, May 14 (PTI) Fierce clashes between the LTTE militants and the Sri Lankan security forces have killed 368 Tamil tiger rebels and 41 army personnel this month, the army said here today.

"As many as 368 LTTE militants have been killed and 438 injured during clashes between May 1-14," a defence ministry spokesman said.

The spokesman said 41 soldiers have been killed and 155 wounded during clashes with the militants till now this month.

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