Sri Lanka retaliates after Tiger suicide strike

COLOMBO, Oct 25, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan war planes carried out attacks against Tamil Tiger rebels for a second straight day Thursday after the guerrillas attacked a military base, officials said. There was no immediate reaction from the Tiger rebels to the latest retaliatory air strikes. Air attacks were launched Thursday morning in the district of Vavuniya, bordering the de facto mini state run by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the defence ministry said.

Six members of the LTTE were killed in separate clashes along the front lines, the ministry said.

It said government jets had also carried out two sorties over rebel-held territory on Wednesday.

The strikes came days after the guerrillas attacked the Anuradhapura military base.

A group of at least 21 elite Black Tiger suicide bombers destroyed a fleet of aircraft at the base, 210 kilometres (130 miles) north of the capital Colombo, knocking out the air surveillance capability of the military.

The Tigers also sent in light aircraft to bomb the Anuradhapura base in their first coordinated land and air strike.