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Airbase attack accused awarded by LTTE chief

The LTTE operative who carried out the daring attack on the Anuradhapura Air base in 2007 that destroyed 10 aircrafts and killed 12 personnel was gifted a "valuable" clock by Vellupillai Prabhakaran, with a picture of the rebel leader, as a mark of recognition for his work.

world Updated: Jul 29, 2009 17:25 IST

The LTTE operative who carried out the daring attack on the Anuradhapura Air base in 2007 that destroyed 10 aircrafts and killed 12 personnel was gifted a "valuable" clock by Vellupillai Prabhakaran, with a picture of the rebel leader, as a mark of recognition for his work.

The deadly attack carried out in the north-central town in October, 2007 had led to the destruction of 10 aircrafts besides damaging 16 others. Twelve Air Force personnel and an Army soldier were killed in the attack.

The alleged mastermind, who was arrested on the basis of information given by LTTE suspects in custody, has revealed the entire planning of the attack, a media report said.

Rasalingam Thabo Ruban, 26, from Jaffna was arrested from an IDP camp in Vavuniya.

An LTTE suicide squad had launched the attack on the Air Force Base on October 22, 2007 at about 3.20 am, as the LTTE light aircraft carried out air sorties targeting the airbase.

Ruban, in his confession, said a team of 24 LTTE cadres had taken cover in the forest near Nuwara Wewa, collecting pictures and other information about the base.

Before the attack, the militant cadre was engaged in spying in adjacent areas as a shepherd.

Police said the suspect had been promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel for successfully planning and carrying out the attack by Prabhakaran, who also gifted him a valuable clock with his photo.