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Lankan army denies rebels' claim of hitting an air force jet

The Sri Lankan military denies the claim made by Tamil Tiger rebels about hitting a Lankan Air Force jet fighter during a bombing mission.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Colombo
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2007 03:16 AM IST

The Sri Lankan military on Friday denied the claim made by Tamil Tiger rebels about hitting a Lankan Air Force jet fighter during a bombing mission.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said they shot and damaged a Kfir jet fighter just north of Vavuniya on Thursday and released pictures of what they called parts of the plane.

"Upon being hit, the aircraft flew away at a very low altitude with some of its parts falling apart," LTTE spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiriyan said in a statement.

"The area is being searched by the ground troops of the LTTE.

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