Lankan forces bomb LTTE stronghold
The Lankan Govt alleges that the LTTE is preparing for a major offensive in Batticaloa, reports PK Balachandran.india Updated: Nov 02, 2006 18:02 IST
The Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) bombed the LTTE's headquarters town of Kilinochchi on Thursday after the government alleged that the Tamil militant group was preparing for a major offensive in the eastern district of Batticaloa.
The pro-rebel website Tamilnet reported that two Kfir jet bombers of the SLAF bombed an area near the New General Hospital in Kilinochchi.
The bombed area lay alongside the A9 highway.
The aerial attack took place at 2 pm. There were no reports of casualties.
The Sri Lankan government was silent on the incident.
LTTE planning a major offensive in Batticaloa district
Earlier, the government national security website had said that the LTTE was preparing for major offensive in the eastern district of Batticaloa.
Tamil civilians, who were fleeing areas under the control of the LTTE and moving into government-held areas in Batticaloa, were saying that the militants were preparing for a major offensive.
The firing of artillery and mortars on the army detachments in Kadjuwatte and Mankerni on the eastern coastal road, and retaliation by government troops, had triggered the migration of hundreds of Tamils in panic.
The shelling had taken place over October 31 and November 1.
The government website said that 189 Tamils had fled the LTTE-held Kaddimurichchikulam and Kirimichchai area.
Over 150 had moved to the government-held Punani, and 33 to Mankerni.
First Published: Nov 02, 2006 17:31 IST