Monday, April 7, 2008

Sri Lanka bombs north after assassination of minister

COLOMBO (AFP) — Sri Lankan war planes bombed a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber base Monday, a day after a suspected guerrilla blew up a government minister, the defence ministry said.

Air force jets attacked a "Black Tiger," or suicide bomber, base in the Mankulam area in the rebel-held north of the island, the ministry said, adding that pilots had hit the targets accurately.

There was no immediate comment from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), who control a large part of the north and are fighting for an independent Tamil state.

The air strikes were carried out after the government accused the Tigers of assassinating Highways Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle as he opened a marathon race near Colombo on Sunday.

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