Sri Lankan air force bombs rebels in north

Sri Lankan air force Saturday bombed ethnic Tamil separatists near their de facto capital in the north, the government said, while a pro-rebel report said artillery shells fired by government troops killed an infant and two others. Fighter jets bombed nine times to the west and northwest of the Tamil Tiger rebel headquarters in Kilinochchi, military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said. He said pilots confirmed some rebel bunkers were successfully hit but casualty details were not available. Meanwhile rebel-affiliated TamilNet Web site reported that government soldiers fired artillery into two rebel-held villages, killing three civilians displaced by the war.