Prabhakaran hideout bombed, claims Sri Lankan military

September 17th, 2008 - 12:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Sep 17 (DPA) The Sri Lankan Air Force Wednesday said it had bombed a hideout frequented by elusive Tamil rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran in northern Sri Lanka.The hideout, located at Vattakachchi, 310 km northeast of the capital, was bombed Wednesday morning, air force spokesperson Janaka Nanayakkara said.

Residents in the area confirmed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels considered the area a high security zone out of bounds for civilians.

The spokesperson said heavy traffic in enemy communication was experienced immediately after the attack, but subsequently communication had died down and silence was maintained.

In the adjoining Mullaitivu district, an ammunition and arms storage of the rebels was also bombed Wednesday morning, the military said.

There was no independent confirmation about the incidents.

Government troops have stepped up attacks against Tamil rebels in northern Sri Lanka, who are fighting for an independent state in the north and east of the island.

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