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SL air force steps up attacks on rebel camps

The SLAF launched several attacks including one on a sea tiger base in the last 24 hours destroying training camps and disrupting meetings of the LTTE cadres in the north, reports Sutirtho Patranobis.

world Updated: Sep 07, 2008 23:31 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

The Sri Lankan air force (SLAF) launched several attacks including one on a sea tiger base in the last 24 hours destroying training camps and disrupting meetings of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres in the north, the defence ministry said on Sunday.

While casualty figures were not available, military sources said the attacks were successful.

Air Force fighter jets with Chinese made F7, the Israeli-made Kfir and the Russian Mig 27 fighter aircraft as fighter arsenal launched air strikes at an identified LTTE recruit training centre located in the Mullaittivu district, where the ground forces are locked in pitched battle with the LTTE.

According to Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, the air sorties were carried out successfully. LTTE however, is yet to release details of losses. Early Sunday morning the SLAF’s MI-24 helicopter gun ships launched air assaults at a pre-identified sea tiger camp named ‘Kadal’ located at Kavitharamunai, in Pooneryn, West of Kilinochchi.

The facilities were being used by the LTTE for training and co-ordination of activities and as a launch pad for LTTE infiltration groups into the Jaffna peninsula, a government website said.

The military further claimed radio observation reports confirmed “total-silence in the enemy circuits following the raid”.

SLAF fighter jets continued to strike key LTTE targets, the last being an attack on a terrorist gathering position in Kilinochchi on Sunday afternoon.