Sri Lanka air force bomb Tiger stronghold in the east

Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe arrives with flowers to receive blessings at the Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 4 April 2018. On wednesday (4), Wickremesinghe survived a no-confidence motion in the Sri Lankan parliament with a 46 vote majority after a 12-hour debate with 122 MPs voted in his support while 76 MPs voting to remove the prime minister. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

June 2, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s air force on Saturday bombed suspected rebel Tamil Tiger targets located in a jungle in the island’s east, the defence ministry said. The conflict has killed more than 5,000 people in the past 18 months. Fighter jets bombed the jungles of Thoppigala in the eastern district of Batticaloa on Saturday morning, the ministry said.

It gave no further details.

Government troops and Tamil rebels have been locked in combat following the breakdown of a 2002 Norwegian-arranged truce.