Sri Lanka: Air force base hit by Tamil Tigers

Sri Lanka's air force base in the outskirts of the capital was likely under attack by Tamil Tiger rebels Monday, military officials said. Several witnesses heard gunfire and flashes at the air force base about 30 kilometers from Colombo, said the officials who cannot be named under military regulations. The rebels from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam are fighting for an independent homeland for the country's 3.1 million Tamils.