Sri Lanka troops take Tiger base after killing four

COLOMBO, Jan 11, 2007 (AFP) – Elite police commandos captured a key Tamil Tiger base Thursday after killing four guerrillas in a confrontation in eastern Sri Lanka, the defence ministry said. Sri Lanka troops take Tiger base after killing four

The police Special Task Force commandos took the base known as “Janaka” in the district of Ampara, the ministry said, adding that four members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were killed.

It said two STF commandos were wounded in the operation.

The Tigers had maintained a uniform tailoring operation at the “Janaka” base, the ministry said.

The latest attack came a day after the military said it killed 14 Tiger rebels on Tuesday and Wednesday in the same region. Two more rival rebels were killed by the LTTE on Wednesday.

More than 60,000 people have been killed in Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict in the past 35 years and diplomatic attempts to end the conflict politically have ended in failure. Government troops and Tamil Tiger guerrillas have been trading attacks across the island’s embattled northern and eastern regions with more than 3,800 people killed in the past year despite a truce in place since Febr