The Sri Lankan air force (SLAF) claimed on Thursday to have destroyed radar operated by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the north of the country.
The claim by the SLAF also confirmed, for the first time, that the Tamil Tigers besides operating light-wing aircraft also had radars in its non-lethal armoury.
In another development, SLAF chief Air Marshall Roshan Goonetileke told the local media that the LTTE supreme V Prabhakaran had been forced to confine his movement within a much reduced territory. He said Prabhakaran was confined to a territory, which was under constant attack from the SLAF. Goonetileke, however, did not give details.
Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka said that by next week Kilinochci town — the administrative hub of the LTTE — would come under attack from the forces.
Earlier in the day, SLAF said that MI-24 gunship helicopters “accurately engaged’’ the radar installation, at Pooneryn on the west coast of the Jaffna peninsula, late on Wednesday.
Agencies reported on Thursday that at least 13 LTTE rebels and a Sri Lankan army soldier were killed and 28 more wounded on both sides during clashes across the north on Wednesday.