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Directory launched in the presence of Jagath Perera, CA Sri Lanka President, Manil Jayesinghe, CA Sri Lanka Vice President, Harsha Basnayake, Ernst & Young Asia Pacific Transaction Advisory Managing Partner, Aruni Rajakarier, Chairperson of the CA Sri Lanka Women Empowerment Committee, Anoji De Silva, Alternate Chair of the Women Empowerment Committee and Dulani Fernando, CA Sri Lanka CEO

COLOMBO, March 26, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s only international airport was shut early Monday following a suspected Tamil Tiger attack on an adjoining military airbase, officials said. .

Passengers who had boarded aircraft were asked to disembark and taken to a shelter, officials said, adding that the move followed gunfire and explosions heard at the adjoining military base.

There were no reports of casualties at the international airport, but 10 airforce personnel from the military base were rushed to the nearby Negombo hospital, officials said.

Bandaranaike international airport is about 35 kilometres (21 miles) north of here.