Rebel plane bombs Sri Lanka capital

February 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
An official in Sri Lanka says at least one rebel plane has dropped a bomb on the country's capital. Anti-aircraft fire is lighting up the sky Friday night and the city's power has been cut as searchlights sweep the sky. Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara says at least one Tamil Tiger rebel plane dropped at least one bomb on the capital. He could not say where the bomb fell.

The attack amounts to a major embarrassment for Sri Lanka's government, which had claimed to have destroyed all the rebels' hidden runways and rendered its small air wing powerless.

A major army offensive in recent months has boxed the rebels' main fighting force into a small strip of land in the country's north.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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