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Sri Lankan Air Force bombs rebel targets
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21:52, April 16, 2008

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The military in Sri Lanka said on Wednesday its Air Force carried out separately attacks against Tamil Tiger rebel's targets in the north.

Officials from the Ministry of Defense said Air Force MI 24 attack craft pounded an LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) bunker line and a mortar position with support of the ground troops operating at Muhamale in the Jaffna peninsula around 6:15 a.m local time (0045 GMT).

Meanwhile, Air Force fighter jets bombed three identified LTTE camps located in Odd Sudan area around 11:50 p.m. (1820 GMT) on Tuesday.

The military said both raids were successful.

Government troops are currently engaged in three different fronts against LTTE rebels in the north.

The government maintains that the rebels have now been restricted to just three districts in the Northern Province after government troops recaptured the Eastern Province in July 2007.

The LTTE has been fighting the troops since the mid-1980s to carve out a separate homeland for the Tamil minority in the north and east, resulting in the death of more than 70,000 people.  


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