April 29, 2007 (AFP) – Tamil Tiger rebels used light aircraft to bomb key installations in and around Sri Lanka’s capital Sunday, forcing cricket fans to flee from parks as the World Cup final was being shown. There has been a surge in fighting since December 2005 leaving more than 4,000 people killed despite a truce arranged and put in place by peace broker Norway. ceasefire monitors say it is now limited only to paper.
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) planes targeted two oil storage facilities, rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiriyan said adding that it was a retaliatory strike.
“We sent two squadrons to target facilities that provide fuel to military aircraft after two Sri Lankan airforce jets bombed a suburb of Kilinochchi (inside rebel-held territory) just past midnight,” he said.
He said it was a tit-for-tat attack after the military bombed the outskirts of Kilinochchi, 330 kilometres (206 miles) north of the capital using Israeli-built Kfir jets.
Within an hour, the Tigers scrambled “two squadrons” to attack targets in Colombo and returned to their secret location two hours later, he added.
During Sunday’s pre-dawn air raid, explosions were heard in the capital two hours befor