Sri Lanka bombs Black Tiger base

COLOMBO, Nov 25, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lankan war planes bombed a suspected base of Tamil Tiger suicide bombers in the island’s north Saturday, the defence ministry said, as the rebels commemorated their war dead.

The defence ministry said a base housing “Black Tiger” suicide bombers was hit causing “heavy damage”, but gave no details of casualties.

The ministry said four Tiger rebels were also killed in a confrontation in the eastern district of Ampara on Saturday morning while police recovered seven Claymore mines from the capital Colombo.

The report came as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) commemorated thousands of fighters killed in battle amid sporadic clashes with government forces in the island’s embattled northeast, the rebels said.

The LTTE said they had decorated areas under their control with red and yellow flags and that religious services had been held in honour of their “martyrs”.

The rebels’ Heroes’ week celebrations end Monday with a policy statement by LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran, who turns 52 Sunday.

The pro-rebel website said the military was moving to disrupt commemorative events inside government-held areas of Sri Lanka’s northern Jaf