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LTTE air strike on Trincomalee harbour - SLN

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 26 August 2008, 16:26 GMT]
Heavy explosions rocked the Trincomalee Harbour around 9:00 p.m. Tuesday and again at midnight. The Sri Lanka Navy sources have confirmed that at least one LTTE aircraft had dropped bombs, but refused to comment on the casualty details. Tension prevailed in Trincomalee town Tuesday night from about 9.05 onwards as Sri Lankan forces surrounding the Sri Lanka Navy headquarters located along the Trincomalee harbor continuously fired towards sky for about half an hour following the alleged attack. The city was deserted. 11 Sri Lankan soldiers have been admitted at Trincomalee hospital. Explosions were heard again at midnight.

In the meantime, Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir bombers were seen over Ki'linochchi during the first reported attack in Trincomalee.

Residents in the east port city panicked following the outburst of firing rockets targeting the sky from SLN headquarters side in Trincomalee.

Latest reports before the communication was cut off with the East port city indicated heavy explosions inside the harbour and the naval base. Vehicles were also seen rushing to hospital, according to civilian sources.

Some residents said they heard an explosion from the Trincomalee harbor side after an object moved over the harbor by air. Thereafter Sri Lankan forces had started firing towards the sky targeting the object.

The LTTE is yet to confirm the said air attack.

Four months ago, in May 2008, a troop carrier cum supply ship of the Sri Lanka Navy, A-520, named 'MV Invincible', was sunk by Sea Tiger naval commandos in the Trincomalee Harbour.


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