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Sri Lankan Military Says Air Force Destroyed Suicide Training Base


Sri Lankan military officials say air force jets destroyed a training base for Tamil Tiger rebels Thursday in the north of the country.

A Sri Lankan Air Force spokesman said the base was a "suicide training facility" in rebel-held territory in the jungle.

Also Thursday, Sri Lankan officials said at least four people were killed and 13 others wounded when a suicide bomber riding a bicycle blew himself up in the north.

The military blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for the attack, which happened in the northern Jaffna peninsula.

Sri Lanka's government formally pulled out of a 2002 Norwegian-brokered cease-fire with the rebels earlier this month.

At least 70,000 people have been killed since the rebels began fighting for an independent homeland in 1983 - claiming discrimination by Sri Lanka's majority-Sinhalese population. The Tamil Tigers already control much of the island's north.

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