Friday, February 20, 2009

Colombo air strikes were suicide attacks: LTTE

Colombo, Feb 21 (PTI) The LTTE today said the air strikes carried out by it over capital Colombo killing two people and injuring 54 others were suicide attacks by its elite 'Black Air Tiger' squad.
The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam said two men from the "Black Air Tiger" suicide squad piloted the two light aircraft that carried out the attack last night.

"The aircrafts dived into Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Headquarters in Colombo and into the SLAF base at Katunayaka at around 0915 pm last night carrying out successful air raids," pro-LTTE website TamilNet.Com reported.

However, the Government had last night said it shot down one aircraft and the second one was disabled by the anti air gunfire. It also said the pilot of one aircraft was killed.

TamilNet.Com also published a photograph of the two suicide pilots together with Tamil Tigers supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran said to have been taken shortly before they set off on the suicide mission. PTI

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