Sri Lanka Steps up Air Strikes against Rebels

World | September 10, 2008, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Sri Lanka air force attacked a rebel intelligence base in the north of the island early on Wednesday, stepping up a punishing wave of airstrikes a day after Tamil Tiger fighters launched a surprise attack on a military base.

The bombs hit a civilian settlement in the rebel's administrative capital of Kilinochchi, destroying 12 houses, The Tamil Tigers said, as cited by the International Herald Tribune.

The air strike is an answer to the Tigers' attack against a military complex in Vavuniya early Tuesday, which included aerial bombing and a ground assault conducted by suicide attackers.

The rebels, who have been fighting for a separate homeland in the north of the island for 25 years, have come under sustained pressure by government forces during the last months.

Tens of thousands of people have fled from the rebel-controlled areas over increased violence.
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