Sri Lanka: Air force jets destroy rebel hide-out; clashes kill 30

Air force jets bombed and destroyed a hide-out occupied by senior Tamil Tiger rebel leaders Thursday in northern Sri Lanka while artillery fire and ground clashes killed 30 insurgents, the military said. The air raid followed a spasm violence in the civil war including an attack on a passenger bus that killed at least 27 people on Wednesday, the official end of a 6-year-old cease-fire between the government and rebels - a pact that had largely been ignored in recent years. The air force targeted the rebel hide-out Thursday near Kilinochchi, the insurgents' de facto capital, and pilots confirmed they had destroyed the target, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said.