Sri Lankan rebel aircraft attack near Colombo

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Sri Lankan rebels have staged a brazen airstrike on a power station on the outskirts of the island nation's capital, plunging the city into darkness.

The attack late Tuesday shows the Tamil Tiger rebels retain the ability to strike back at the government even as the military presses on with an offensive deep into the rebels' de facto state in the north.

The government has vowed to destroy the rebel group by the end of the year and end a civil war that has plagued this Indian Ocean island nation for a quarter century.

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