LTTE planes bomb Colombo (Third Lead)

February 21st, 2009 - 12:15 am ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Feb 20 (IANS) Tamil Tiger aircraft flew into the Sri Lankan capital Friday night and bombed the heart of the city, military officials said. There was no immediate word on casualties or damage.
Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said at least one aircraft dropped a bomb on the headquarters of the inland revenue department.

Minutes earlier, the authorites sounded a high alert in Colombo and blacked out the city after learning about an imminent air raid by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

Residents said anti-aircraft guns could be heard but it was not clear what really was happening.

Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara told IANS, “Two LTTE aircraft had entered the Colombo airspace.” He gave no details.

The dramatic LTTE bombing came even as the military said it had surrounded the guerrillas in a 100-km area in Mullaitivu district.

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