Sri Lanka jets bomb Tiger territory

Sept 13, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s military said Thursday it had bombed the rebel-held north of the island and caused “heavy damage” to Tamil Tiger targets, but rebels said the attack only sparked panic among civilians. More than 5,400 people have been killed in the fighting in the past 21 months following the breakdown of a Norwegian-brokered truce. The defence ministry said its aircraft had bombed suspected Tamil Tiger facilities in Mullaitivu district on the northeast coast.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said there were no casualties.

“Two Sri Lankan air force jets have bombed the populated area at Puthukudiriruppu (village),” Tiger spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiriyan said. “Twelve bombs were dropped. School children panicked and scattered. Two fainted.”

The guerrillas meanwhile said they had killed two police commandos in the east of the island Thursday, but there was no immediate word from the military.