Tigers overrun Velvery airforce camp in Trinco
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 10 October 2001, 04:10 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers overran the Sri Lanka Air Force camp at Velvery, about 12 km northwest of Trincomalee town off the high way to Anuradhapura, Tuesday night around 11.30 p.m. Four SLAF men were killed and 17 are reported missing in the attack, military sources in the eastern port town said. The SLAF and the Sri Lanka army shelled the overrun camp till the early hours of the morning Wednesday. The Liberation Tigers withdrew from the overrun camp before the crack of dawn. SLAF jets were also called to bomb the area, sources said.
The Liberation Tigers entered the camp shortly after midnight and held it until the early hours of the morning when SLAF and SLA reinforcements moved into the area after heavy bombardment.
Velveri is situated about one km off northwest of Kanniya village on Trincomalee -Anuradhapura Road. Meanwhile, civilians working in the Trincomalee Naval Headquarters were not allowed Wednesday morning to enter the Dockyard premises. Unconfirmed reports said there was an explosion inside the Dockyard Wednesday early morning. No official reports are yet available.