Sri Lankan air force pounds rebel targets

September 17th, 2008 - 12:22 am ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Sep 16 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan Air Force jets Tuesday carried out four air raids against Tamil Tiger rebels in the country’s northern battle zones, an official said.Air Force spokesman Janaka Nanayakkara said fighter jets bombed two bases of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the northern Mullaittivu district.

A high-tech facility equipped with computers and communication systems and an LTTE transit facility were destroyed in the air raids at around 6.40 a.m. in Mullaittivu district, he said.

Two more LTTE hideouts were bombed in Kilinochchi district at around 10.10 a.m., Nanayakkara said.

The air raids were carried out to help the advancing 57 Division troops operating in the periphery of Kilinochchi, he said.

Defence ministry officials said at least 12 rebels were killed and 27 wounded Monday by security forces during ground assaults against the LTTE in Kilinochchi and Mullaittivu districts.

However, pro-LTTE sources said more than 22 government soldiers were killed and 53 wounded in Monday’s clashes with the rebels.

The military said the LTTE has been weakened after two years of fighting and it will be defeated within a year.

The LTTE has been fighting for more than two decades to establish an independent Tamil homeland in the northern part of the island country. Over 70,000 people have been killed in the long-drawn conflict.

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