Sri Lanka air force bomb Tiger stronghold in the east

June 2, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s air force on Saturday bombed suspected rebel Tamil Tiger targets located in a jungle in the island’s east, the defence ministry said. The conflict has killed more than 5,000 people in the past 18 months. Fighter jets bombed the jungles of Thoppigala in the eastern district of Batticaloa on Saturday morning, the ministry said.

It gave no further details.

Government troops and Tamil rebels have been locked in combat following the breakdown of a 2002 Norwegian-arranged truce.