Lanka pounds Tiger bases

Colombo, October 17:

Sri Lankan warplanes pounded two suspected Tamil Tiger sea bases and a military camp in the north today, the military said, a day after a rebel suicide bomber attacked a military convoy, killing 95 sailors.

The military said more than 150 people were wounded when a bomber rammed an explosives-laden truck into a convoy of buses near the town of Dambulla, about 150 km northeast of the capital, Colombo, yesterday.

The bombing was one of the deadliest insurgent attacks since a 2002 ceasefire temporarily halted the country’s civil war, and cast doubt on peace talks slated for later this month.

Air force jets today hit Tiger sea bases in Mullaittivu and a military camp run by the rebels in Mankulam, the Media Centre for National Security said.

“It is believed that the airstrikes inflicted heavy damages to (the) terrorists,” it said. The bombings follow separate military airstrikes in northeastern Sri Lanka last night, which the rebels said hit civilian targets and killed two girls. They said the bombing also destroyed a transmission tower of the Voice of Tigers radio station.