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01 October, 2008 - Published 14:59 GMT

Sri Lankan jets attack 'rebel bases'

The Sri Lankan military says its air force has bombed two key Tamil Tiger positions in northern Sri Lanka. Air force spokesman Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said the headquarters of an elite rebel commando unit was the prime target.

“It has been supposedly identified as the headquarters of the Charles Antony Brigade” said Wing Commander Nanayakkara.

Pro-rebel websites said the attack -- near the town of Kilinochchi -- killed at least two civilians and injured more than ten others.

There's no independent confirmation of the two claims.

Meanwhile, the military said it had seized explosives from a truck due to join a United Nations convoy to carry food for the thousands of displaced people inside the rebel-held territory.

The UN said it deplored the incident. The sixty-truck convoy is expected to leave for rebel-held areas on Thursday.