Fourteen SLAF killed in LTTE attack
[TamilNet, Friday, 01 September 2000, 05:54 GMT]
Fourteen Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) personnel were killed and eight were wounded when the tractor in which they were travelling was hit by a powerful claymore mine blast set off by the Liberation Tigers west of Vavuniya near the forward defence lines of the Sri Lanka army around 7.40 a.m Friday morning.
The SLAF unit was returning from a route clearing patrol in Velankulam, five kilometers north of Poovarasankulam.
Velankulam is on the road to Iranai Iluppaikulam from Poovarasankulam which is 12 kilometers west of Vavuniya town on the Vavuniya Mannar highway.
The SLAF has a camp near the Iranai Iluppaikkulam junction.