Sri Lankan warplanes pound Tamil Tigers

June 16, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lankan air force jets bombarded suspected Tamil Tiger positions Friday for a second straight day after the rebels were blamed for a landmine blast that killed 64 people, a military official said. Warplanes bombed Tiger positions in the island’s northern and eastern regions at first light and again at last light, a military source said.

“The air force carried out two bombing sorties over Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu,” a military source in Colombo said. “The second round of attacks were in the evening.”

There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from Friday’s raids.

Sri Lanka had hit back quickly on Thursday using supersonic jets, naval gunboats and artillery against rebel targets, military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe said.

The air force retaliated after the government accused the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of setting off a Claymore mine and killing 64 passengers on a bus.

The LTTE confirmed that the military had carried our aerial bombardments as well as artillery attacks Thursday but gave no details of any casualties.

Bombs were dropped at three locations on Thursday, but there was no feedback on the impact of those attacks, a military source in