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The Indian Herald

February 20, 2009

LTTE planes attack Sri Lankan capital Colombo

In a daredevil strike, the warplanes of LTTE launched attack on Sri Lanka's capital Colombo. The army headquarters and airport were targeted but both planes were shot down.

The two planes hit Colombo on Friday evening. Bombs were dropped from the planes. Two persos were killed while over 50 persons were injured in the air attacks, initial reports said.

After the strike, there was a complete blackout in Colombo though power was restored later in the night. While one of the planes was shot down, the search was on for the second plane.

Reports said that the other plane had got off the radar but it was also brought down later. The unprecedented attack has come as a surprise for the Sri Lankan government that has recently succeeded in wresting territories previously held by the Tamil Tigers.

The government had claimed that all LTTE air-strips were under the state control now.
Late night reports said that anti-aircraft guns had returned fire and shot the planes down.

The Army spokesperson Udaya Naynayakara said that 31 persons were injured in the air strike while the pilot of the aircrafts were killed. Sri Lanka government said the aircrafts' attack revealed the desperation of LTTE.

TIH Bureau

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