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map October 21, 1996
Web posted at: 2:45 p.m. EDT (1845 GMT)

Sri Lankan forces say key rebel naval base smashed

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- Sri Lankan government forces said Monday they destroyed a separatist naval base belonging to the Tamil Tigers, killing or wounding as many as 40 rebels.

The military launched a four-hour assault on the Poonaithoduwai Sea Tiger base Sunday, and withdrew when the base was destroyed, officials said. The Sea Tigers have been plaguing military convoys ferrying troops and supplies to the battle areas in the north.

The rebels want an independent homeland for the mainly Hindu Tamils in the north and east of Sri Lanka.

Reuters contributed to this report.


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