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Tamil rebels bomb Sri Lankan army camp

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• Military sources deny damage at military base, say bombs landed on army camp
• Air attack is second by Tamil Tiger Rebels in a month
• Tamil Tiger rebels say two planes were involved in the attack
• Tamil Tigers have been fighting for a separate homeland since 1983
From Iqbal Athas
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Tamil Tiger rebels conducted an air raid on a government army camp in northern Sri Lanka Tuesday, leaving six dead and 13 wounded, Sri Lankan military sources told CNN.

The incident took place shortly after 1:20 a.m. Tuesday (1520 GMT Monday) at the Myliddy Army Camp in the troubled northern Jaffna peninsula. The camp houses engineering units of the army, just a few kilometers away from the main military garrison at Palaly.

Two "Tamil Eelam Air Force (planes) have bombed Palaly military base inflicting heavy damage," Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) military spokesman Irasiah Ilanthiriyan told the pro-LTTE Web site Tamilnet.

Military sources disputed the damage at Palaly, saying the bombs fell on Myliddy.

It was the second air attack by Tamil Tiger rebels in a month.

On March 26 two aircraft dropped bombs at the Sri Lanka Air Force's main base in Katunayake, adjoining the Colombo International Airport. The attack killed three and wounded 16 airmen.

The Tamil Tigers have been fighting since 1983 for a separate homeland for the Tamil minority in the north and east, citing decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese. The government has vowed to dislodge the rebels from their eastern stronghold.

About 65,000 people were killed before a 2002 cease-fire, which has become frayed by recent fighting between Tamil Tigers and the military.

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