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LTTE may still have an aircraft left in its arsenal: report

Tamil Tigers may still have an aircraft left in their arsenal and this has triggered a high alert over the capital, where recently a Kamikaze air strike by the rebels was timely foiled, a media report said on Friday.

world Updated: Mar 27, 2009 14:00 IST

Tamil Tigers may still have an aircraft left in their arsenal and this has triggered a high alert over the capital, where recently a Kamikaze air strike by the rebels was timely foiled, a media report said on Friday.

A Czech made Zlin Z 143 light aircraft may still be left with the LTTE contrary to the reports that it had no more aircraft after losing two of them last month, the report said.

"Civilians and ground intelligence sources had revealed that the LTTE is still having a functional light aircraft similar to the two aircraft destroyed in Colombo last month," the Daily Mirror said.

It said civilians had sighted this aircraft on several occasions while being kept under a hut.

"Following this information authorities are on high alert fearing a possible air threat from this LTTE aircraft. Civilians had also seen repairs being done on the aircraft by the LTTE technicians inside the hut and it seems to be functional, though they have never seen this particular aircraft flying," the newspaper said.

The LTTE sent two of their explosive laden aircraft to Colombo on February 20 with the aim of targeting the Air Force Headquarters building and the Katunayake Airport base, but the planes were shot down by the anti-aircraft fire.