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Sri Lankan Air Force bombs rebel base

world Updated: Feb 23, 2008 20:55 IST
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Sri Lankan Air Force on Saturday launched an air strike against a base of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) base in the northern part of the country, a defence ministry official said.

"Air force fighter jets raided a key military base of the LTTE located 11 km north east of Oddusudan in the Mullaithivu district on Saturday morning," the official said.

Pilots have confirmed that the LTTE military base has been accurately hit and destroyed completely, he added.

Intense fighting between the rebels and the government forces is underway in the north with the government determined to defeat the LTTE before the end of this year.

The military said more than 700 people have been killed in the escalating conflict since the beginning of this year.

The LTTE has been fighting for a separate homeland for minority Tamils in the north and east for more than two decades, resulting in the death of more than 70,000 people.

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