Air strike on LTTE leadership confab
Site turned into inferno:
MULLAITHIVU: Air Force fighter jets yesterday bombed a location where
a leadership meeting of the LTTE was in progress in Mullaithivu
inflicting large scale death and destruction on the outfit.
Security sources said the pilots had observed a massive inferno
following the bombings of the building network which also served as an
"The precise target was destroyed while the LTTE high rankers were
gathered," Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said. Fighter
jets Mig27 and Kafir carried out the air strike targeting the key tiger
position in Vishvamadu in the Tiger stronghold of Mullaithivu at around
"The target was accurate and precise according to the ground
intelligence and air based surveillance," the Brigadier said.
He said the air strike was carried out while the LTTE leaders were
gathered at a meeting. This was a location where key LTTE leaders met
regularly to discuss military strategy.
"We are yet unable to confirm the number of casualties as the target
was located in the uncleared area", he added.
Air Force fighters also confirmed that the aim was accurate and that
a huge fire was observed. The Vishvamadu base was one of the key LTTE
bases in the North, Brigadier said.
"The air strike was carried out on the LTTE base complex also
consisting of an arms an ammunition dump which exploded in the strike.
"The LTTE Headquarters 'Imran Pandian' regiment also was located in
the vicinity. From this base the Tiger cadres were ferrying weapons to
other locations," he pointed out. Meanwhile, three civilians were
injured in an LTTE claymore blast targeting the STF foot patrol
yesterday at around 2.05 p.m. in Chawalakade, Ampara.
According to Brigadier Nanayakkara the LTTE cadres detonated a
claymore mine targeting the STF in Chawalakada, Ampara-Kalmunai road.
"Three civilians who were travelling in a cab got caught to the LTTE
claymore mine and were severely injured in the blast," he added.
The injured civilians were admitted to the Kalmunai hospital.