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In Brief

Sri Lankan aircraft pound rebel bases
Sri Lanka's air force assaulted Tamil Tiger rebels for a third straight day yesterday, hitting a supply base in the separatist group's de facto capital and bunkers elsewhere, the military said.
It said ground troops also killed 24 rebels and wounded 40, part of a campaign this year to force a military solution to the 25-year insurgency carried out by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
Four soldiers died and 14 were wounded in the ground battles, the military said.
Pirates seize ship
Pirates have seized another vessel, a German cargo ship, off the coast of Somalia in some of the world's most dangerous waters, the International Maritime Bureau said yesterday.
This brought the number of ship hijackings in the vital sealane linking Asia and Europe to a record four in 48 hours, sparking fears piracy there could worsen.
"There is no deterrent, so obviously for pirates, criminals and warlords, it's an easy way to make money," said Noel Choong, head of the bureau's piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur.
"Nobody is going to catch you, no police ... you make so much money," he told Reuters.


Updated : 2021-08-01 02:15 GMT+08:00