Sri Lanka war planes hit Tiger communication centre: military

April 15, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lankan war planes bombed a communications centre inside rebel-held territory Tuesday after heavy ground battles left seven Tamil Tigers dead, the defence ministry said. The target was taken on Tuesday afternoon as ground troops battled the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) along the de facto border of the their mini state in the north of the island, the ministry said.

“Pilots confirm that the target was hit accurately,” the ministry said without elaborating.

The air attack came as the ministry reported seven Tiger rebels had been killed in fighting since Monday.

It said two paramilitary police were also wounded in a roadside bomb attack in the north-central part of the country on Tuesday.

The attack was blamed on the LTTE.

Ministry figures show that at least 2,857 rebels have been killed by government troops since the start of the year, while 172 soldiers have lost their lives in the same period.

Verification of casualty claims is impossible as Colombo bars journalists and aid workers from travelling to embattled areas.

Tens of thousands of people have died since 1972 when the Tamil Tigers launched an armed struggle to car