Sri Lankan Tiger attack casualties mount

Oct 22, 2007 (LBO) – Up to nine Sri Lankan servicemen and 20 Tamil Tiger rebels were killed during the Tiger air and ground attack on the Anuradhapura Sri Lanka Air Force airbase in the early hours of Monday, military officials said Two Mi-24 air force attack helicopters were badly damaged in the Tiger attack along with a trainer aircraft while another helicopter called to support the defenders crash landed in Mihintale, east of Anuradhapura, killing four crewmen.

The authorities have imposed a local police curfew in Anuradhapura to enable the military to comb the surroundings for attackers.

The area was rocked by the sound of explosions and gunfire from early morning, residents said.

The bodies of 20 Tiger attackers were found in and around the air base.

The attack on the Anuradhapura air base, 212 kilometres (130 miles) north of the capital Colombo, started around 3 a.m. Monday morning when a group of Tiger infiltrated the base.

This was followed by two Tiger light aircraft dropping two bombs on the base and escaping despite anti-aircraft fire by the defenders.

The Tigers, fighting for a separate homeland for minority Tamils in the island’s north and east, are believed to have a small fleet of Czec