Sri Lanka air raids kill six rebels, Tamil Tigers say

July 28, 2006 (AFP) – At least six rebels died and eight people were wounded when Sri Lankan warplanes attacked a Tamil Tiger camp, a rebel leader said Friday as both sides traded artillery fire. Three civilians were among the injured during the air raids over Trincomalee district on Thursday, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) regional leader S. Elilan told the pro-rebel Tamilnet.com website.

“Six LTTE cadres were killed and five wounded when Sri Lanka air force Kfir jets bombed a camp of the Tigers in Kathiraveli,” Elilan said.

However, Sri Lanka’s defence ministry said a clandestine airfield being built by Tiger rebels had been hit on Thursday, the second day of air attacks against the guerrillas.

The LTTE had cleared a jungle patch just north of the port city of Trincomalee and was building an airfield when the planes struck, the ministry said.

Elilan said two more civilians had been hurt in another air attack the previous day.

Israeli-built Kfir jets pounded suspected rebel bases Wednesday at Maavilaru and Hirugalaru in northeastern Trincomalee district where the army said the separatists had blocked an irrigation canal.

“The air strikes disrupted the plans that