Sri Lanka fighter jets bomb Tiger areas

Sept 21, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lankan war planes bombed a Tamil Tigers’ ammunitions store in the north of the island Friday, causing heavy damage, the defence ministry said. The ammunitions cache was used by Imran-Pandiyan, an elite regiment of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), the military said.

“The air strikes taken were based on accurate air and ground surveillance information,” a statement said.

The military said air force pilots reported explosions following the raid but made no claim of rebel casualties.

No independent confirmation of the military’s version of events was available and there was no immediate comment from the Tamil Tigers.

LTTE has been fighting for a separate homeland for minority Tamils from the majority Sinhalese since 1972. The conflict has claimed more than 60,000 lives including more than 5,400 people killed in fighting in the past 21 months following the breakdown of the 2002 Norwegian-brokered truce.