Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Air Force pounds LTTE

Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) carried out 10 successive air raids targeting observed LTTE gathering places and defence line in Mullaittivu from this morning, 13 January.

Air Force spokesperson, Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, speaking to said that SLAF fighter jets and MI-24 helicopters engaged on these targets.

The LTTE defence line in south of Mullaittivu was targeted in four separate occasions to assist the ground troops of 59 Division advancing towards Mullaittivu. SLAF MI-24 helicopters raided the enemy defence line at 9.10AM and 3.35PM while jets raided the same defence line at 9.20Am and 11.30AM.

Meanwhile, fighter jets have raided LTTE gathering places in Mullaittivu five separate occasions, spokesperson added. Based on information gathered through continuous air surveillances, air sorties were launched at 10.15AM, 12.10PM, 1.45PM, 3.15PM and 6.00PM.

Separately, jets have raided LTTE vehicles carrying two heavy artillery guns in general area Chundikulam around 4.00PM. SLAF fighter jets immediately launched air sorties once observed LTTE vehicle movement caring artillery guns from Chundikulam towards Chalai. Two LTTE artillery guns were completely destroyed due to the attack, air force spokesperson confirmed.

Source: Ministry of Defence, Public Security, Law & Order - Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
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