Sri Lanka war planes bomb suspected Tiger camp

COLOMBO, March 2, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan war planes bombed a suspected Tiger rebel camp in the northeast on Friday as part of an increased offensive against the guerrillas, a defence official said. “Using MIG 27 jet planes, the air force took Tiger targets in the Thoppigala jungles,” military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe told AFP, adding there were no details about any casualties.

There was no comment from the rebels.

The air force staged a similar attack on a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) training camp in Vavuniya, 254 kilometres (159 miles) from the capital, on Thursday.

The raids came after Colombo said it had stepped up attacks against the Tigers on Wednesday, sinking two rebel boats and destroying a large ship carrying shells believed intended for the rebels.

Elsewhere, suspected Tamil Tiger rebels gunned down a university student around midnight Thursday in the northern district of Jaffna, officials said.

Meanwhile, the air force blamed engine failure for the crash of a training aircraft at Anuradhapura, 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of the capital during a routine exercise on Thursday.

The crash killed the trainer and the instructor, who