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Sri Lankan Air Force Pounds Rebel Bases for 3rd Day


Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger bases in the north and east were pounded by the Sri Lankan Air Force for the third straight day Friday.

A military spokesman told reporters the air force bombed two Tiger targets this morning, one in the eastern district of Batticaloa and the other in the northwestern district of Mannar.

The rebels have not commented on the attacks and there were no immediate details of casualties.

Thursday, the Air Force bombed the rebels' northern stronghold of Kilinochchi, killing five people.

The island's main donors - the United States, Japan, the European Union and Norway - condemned Thursday's air raid, and called on both sides to halt military action.

The peace talks between the two sides failed Sunday over the reopening of a major highway that connects the Tamil-dominated north with the rest of the country.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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