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AUGUST 27, 2008 EST, USA
VOL. 9, NO. 144


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Sri Lanka Attacks Tamil Tiger Base After Rebels Stage Air Raid, Aug. 28. Aug. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Sri Lankan air force jets and helicopters attacked Tamil Tiger rebels near their headquarters in the north after the group staged its first air raid on a major target in almost a year.

The air force made two attacks yesterday on the bunker line near the headquarters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam at Kilinochchi, the Media Center for National Security said on its Web site. The strikes ``were made to support the 58th Division troops who are advancing into the Kilinochchi area,'' it said.

The LTTE said its air unit carried out a successful raid on the headquarters of the navy in the eastern port of Trincomalee yesterday, according to TamilNet. The aircraft dropped two bombs on a navy camp after being driven away from the dockyards, the Defense Ministry said. More...Discuss this story
Published: Wed Aug 27 22:23:22 EDT 2008

ROUNDUP: Sailors injured in rebel airstrike on Sri Lankan harbour
Associated Press, Tue August 26, 2008 14:58 EDT . Colombo (dpa) - At least four sailors Tuesday night were injured when a Tamil rebel aircraft dropped two bombs on a harbour cum naval base in north-eastern Sri Lanka - , a military spokesman said. Earlier Tuesday, at least 15 Tamil rebels and seven soldiers were killed in fighting in northern Sri Lanka - during a military offensive on rebel strongholds, military officials said.

Two soldiers were killed in each of three separate incidents in the Mullaitivu district and another soldier was killed in Kilinochchi district, 320 kilometres north of the capital Colombo.

Six rebels were killed in a Kilinochchi and one other in Vavuniya, and eight rebels were killed by troops in Weloya, officials said.

Troops captured rebel-controlled areas in the Eastern province last year after launching offensives in mid-2006, and since January 2008 are concentrating on areas in the north.

Tamil rebel forces, which have waged a secessionist campaign in the north and east of the country since the 1970s. dpa ad tl pw mga
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