Mission on Vanni SF HQ successful, Tiger aircrafts safe - LTTE
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 September 2008, 13:24 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) has claimed that their Black Tigers destroyed the Radar installation inside Sri Lankan military's Vanni headquarters at 3:05 a.m. on 09 September, Tuesday. Thereafter, Tamileelam Air Force (TAF) aircrafts and Col. Kittu Artillery formation targeted the Sri Lankan Vanni HQ with the coordination of the Black Tigers, successfully carrying out the operation, the Tigers said, adding that the LTTE aircrafts safely returned to their bases after completing their mission. The communication facility with its tower, engineering facility, anti-aircraft weapon and the ammunition store at the Sri Lankan base were completely destroyed, the LTTE said.
Black Tigers who attacked the Sri Lankan SF HQ for Vanni with LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan. Five of the ten Black Tiger commandos are females, headed by Lt. Col. Mathiyazhaki. [Photo: LTTE]
The Vanni headquarters of the Sri Lankan forces and the headquarters of the Sri Lanka Army Special Forces (SF) for Vanni sustained heavy destruction in the attack, the Tiger statement issued in Tamil further said.
More than 20 Sri Lankan troopers were killed and many sustained critical injuries, the Tigers claimed.
10 LTTE Black Tigers laid down their lives in the special operation.
Lt. Col. Mathiyazhaki, Major Aananthi, Captain Kanimathi, Captain Muththunakai, Captain Arivuththamizh, Lt. Col. Vinothan, Major Nilakaran, Captain Ezhilazhakan, Captain Akilan and Captain Nimalan were the Black Tigers, the LTTE statement said.