Sri Lanka steps up air raids on LTTE strongholds

June 5th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, June 5 (IANS) Stepping up air raids on Tamil Tiger bases, Sri Lankan Russian-built MiG-27 jets bombed a suspected rebel position in the northwestern Mannar district early Thursday, the military said. “MiG-27 fighter jets raided an LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) stronghold during a close air support mission launched to assist advancing ground troops in Mannar,” the defence ministry said in a statement.

It said the LTTE stronghold, located three kilometres south-west of the Periyamadu Tank in Mannar, was bombed around 8.20 a.m. The government gave no further details.

This is the fourth air raid in two days to assist the ground troops, which have opened many fronts in the regions of Wanni, Mannar and Welioya to move into the rebel-held territories amid tough resistance.

On Wednesday, the air force claimed that they bombed two artillery gun positions and a Sea Tiger base in the northern province.

It said the artillery gun positions of the LTTE were bombed Wednesday afternoon - one at Kalmunai in Pooneryn area 10 km south of the Muhamalai Forward Defence Lines (FDLs) and another at Soranpattu, a Sea Tiger base close to Nayaaru lagoon in Mullaitivu district.

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