Tigers use light aircraft to attack Sri Lanka base: military

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March 26, 2007 (LBO) – Tamil Tiger guerrillas used light aircraft Monday to bomb Sri Lanka’s main military airbase, the airforce said, while Tigers claimed that their aircraft had returned to base.

“One of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) aircraft had flown over the airbase and dropped some explosive items,” airforce spokesman Ajantha Silva told the AFP news agency, adding that damage to the military facility was “minor.” He said the Bandaranaike international airport, which shares a boundary with the airbase, was not affected by the pre-dawn attack. However, the international airport was shut as a precautionary measure.

The pro-Tiger Tamilnet.com quoting LTTE said two aircraft that had taken part in the raid had returned to Vanni.