Sri Lankan jets bomb suspected LTTE targets (Lead)

August 14th, 2008 - 6:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Aug 14 (IANS) Sri Lankan jets Thursday bombed four suspected Tamil Tiger targets in rebel-held Mullaitivu district where troops are locked in heavy fighting, military officials here said. The jets bombed four Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) targets located one kilometre east of Thunukkai at around 7.30 a.m. Thursday.

The LTTE cadres were using these positions to attack the military advancement, air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara told IANS.

“The targets were hit accurately but the damages caused to the LTTE are not known,” Nanayakkara added.

The fresh air raid came a day after the military claimed to have wrested control of two key villages in the north, Kalvilan and Mulangavil, after heavy fighting.

The military sources described as “a major victory” the capture of Mulangavil, on the Mannar-Pooneryn road, as it was considered the second most important township in Kilinochchi where the LTTE has its administrative bases.

The rebels remained tightlipped on the military claims.

Meanwhile, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said Thursday that 14 LTTE guerrillas and a soldier were killed and over 20 wounded in separate clashes Wednesday in the north.

Over 5,000 people have been killed in renewed violence linked to the ethnic conflict since December 2005.

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