Vol. 5 Num 926 Sat. January 06, 2007  

Lanka jets destroy rebel navy base

Sri Lankan air force jets staged a fourth straight day of raids Friday against Tamil Tiger positions in the north of the island, a military spokesman said.

Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said a dawn raid by Israeli-built Kfir jets completely destroyed a Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) base at Wilawattai in the rebel-held Mullaitivu district.

The base belonged to the Sea Tigers, the naval arm of the rebels, he said.

The LTTE accused the military of non-stop air raids targeting civilians.

"The residents, fleeing their homes at first warning, escaped unhurt but some of their houses, mostly Tsunami relief huts, are damaged by the air strike", the rebels said in a statement.

The LTTE's military spokesperson, Rasiah Ilanthirayan, also accused government forces of killing two state employees and injuring three others in a fragmentation mine blast inside Tiger territory in Wanni district.

The explosion occurred next to a jeep transporting the officials.