Sri Lankan warplanes bomb rebel complex
Sat September 13, 2008 03:21 EDT .
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's air force Saturday bombed a well-fortified Tamil Tiger rebel compound in their northern stronghold, while a rebel ambush killed a policeman in the east, the military said.
The bombing was carried out in Kilinochchi district and the pilots reported the raid to be successful, the military said in a statement. It gave no details of damage or casualties caused by the bombing.
Meanwhile rebels attacked a police guard post in eastern Batticaloa district Saturday killing one policeman, the statement said.
Sporadic clashes Friday along the northern front lines killed nine Tamil Tigers and one soldier, the military added.
Two rebels and a soldier were killed in Welioya while seven other rebels were killed in Kilinochchi and Vavuniya fronts, the statement said.
With most of the lines of communication to the north cut, it was not possible to reach rebel officials for comments. It is difficult to verify reports released by either side because journalists are banned from the war zone.
The government has increased its thrust on the Tamil Tigers' northern stronghold in recent months and has made significant progress seizing a number of rebel camps and rebel-held villages. It has vowed to retake the entire rebel territory by the end of this year.
The violence has forced about 160,000 people to leave their homes. A government order this week to all relief groups and U.N. aid agencies to leave the war zone for their safety has raised fears that the plight of displaced civilians could become worse.
Government officials and humanitarian groups began working on an alternative plan Friday to ensure the continuous supply of relief goods.
Tamil Tiger rebels have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for the country's ethnic minority Tamils who have faced marginalization by successive governments controlled by the majority Sinhalese.Discuss this story
Published: Sat Sep 13 05:54:44 EDT 2008