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SLAF attacks Tamileelam Police HQ, artillery barrage on Ki'linochchi
[TamilNet, Friday, 03 October 2008, 04:58 GMT]
Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir bombers attacked the Headquarters complex of the Tamileelam Police, located along the A9 Road at the heart of Ki'linochchi town Friday around 9:30 a.m. Three bunker-busting bombs hit the premises of the Tamileelam Police, destroying a hall behind the Police HQ.The main building escaped destruction as Ratha Anti-Aircraft Unit of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileealm (LTTE) fired at the bombers. Two of the bombs hit the nearby store of the Tamils Rehabilitation Orgsniation (TRO) causing damage to it. The attack comes after continuous barrage of artillery and Multi-Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) fire from 7:00 p.m. on Thursday to 4:30 a.m. on Friday, targeting the destruction of the township.
Front side of the Tamileelam Police HQ after the bombardment
Air strikes were also reported in the Paravippaagnchaan suburb of the Ki'linochchi town.
The TRO store with materials for temporary huts for IDPs and food supplies was destroyed in the SLAF attack in which two Kfir bombers were engaged by the SLAF.
The re-located hospital from Mallaavi was functioning 500 meters near the attack site. The office of the Deputy Provincial Director of Health (DPDH) is also in the close vicinity of the attack site.
The windows of Vanni Institute of Technology (VanniTech), a high-tech educational institute founded and fu\
nded by a Tamils association in the Silicon Valley in the USA, shattered by the air strike.
SLAF attacked Tamileelam Police HQ complex along the A9 Road in Ki'linochchi, causing panic among the civilians travelling along the road. A medical vehicle is also seen on the road.
Smoke from the SLAF bombardment on Tamileelam Police headquarters. An ambulance is seen on the road.
Tamileelam Police HQ, sustained damage in the attack. Photo taken inside the complex.
The backyard of the Tamileelam Police HQ. Most of the bombs missed the target due to anti-aircraft fire from the ground by the Tigers.
Photo of Tamileelam Police HQ, taken from the TRO store, after the SLAF attack.
Smoke on A9 Road during the SLAF bombardment on Tamileelam Police HQ.