6TH LEAD

Tiger aircraft bomb Colombo, 2 killed, 51 wounded

[TamilNet, Friday, 20 February 2009, 16:25 GMT]
Two LTTE aircrafts hit two Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) installations in Colombo, the Slave Island area where the SLAF Headquarters is located and the SLAF base at Katunayake between 9:20 and 9:45 p.m. Friday. 47 persons, including Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) airmen, were rushed to hospital from Slave Island. Several of the wounded have sustained serious injuries, the sources said. Two of them succumbed to their injuries. At least 6 persons were wounded inside Katunayake airbase. Two of the aircrafts have come down on their targets, according to available details from Colombo.

Video footage made available to media in Colombo, displaying the wreckage of the aircraft that came down in Katunayake, showed a dead pilot in Tiger uniform, media sources in Colombo said.

The LTTE is yet to release details of the mission.

The building of Inland Revenue Department, located in front of the SLAF HQ, was on fire following the attack, according to military sources in Colombo.

Tension prevailed in the city, which was in dark for more than an hour.

Thousands of tracer bullets were fired from all the corners of the city, including the Katunaykae International Airport.

Power supply was cut off and anti aircraft fire was reported from several sentry posts in Colombo city Friday night around 9:30 following reports of Tiger aircraft being spotted over Vavuniyaa. Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) fighter jets were flying over the coastal area north of Colombo.

Power cut was also reported in Jaffna.


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