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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2400

Sri Lanka Air force bombed and destroyed Rs.30 million worth of LTTE’s Radio Tower and equipment at Kokkavil

Colombo, 17 October, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lankan Air force fighter crafts bombed and destroyed the radio broadcasting 500 feet high main tower of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam located at Kokkavil in the Mullaithievu district.

The Tamil rebel outfit has alleged that two Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir bombers Tuesday destroyed the main broadcast tower of the Tamileelam Radio.

It is learnt that LTTE make use of this tower to broadcasts three radios, two commercial radio broadcasts, the Thamileelam Vanoli - Tamil and Sinhala services and the official broadcast of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - Voice of Tigers.

According to the official website of the LTTE Peace Secretariat, "Sri Lankan Kfir bombers destroyed a transmission tower of the Voice of Tigers (VOT) radio broadcast located in Kokkavil, in the Mullaithivu district on Tuesday 17 October."

In the meantime Media Centre for National Security confirmed that Air force fighter crafts bombed and destroyed LTTE stronghold at Mankulam.

"Sri Lanka Air force Fighter Craft shelled on identified LTTE targets in Mullaithievu district Tuesday (17) morning around 9.15. One Sea Tiger base at Palamatthalan and another LTTE stronghold at Mankulam are reportedly destroyed due to the Air raid."

The LTTE’s radio tower is located at Kokkavil which is 15 kilometers south of Kilinochchi and about 20 kilometers North of Mankulam, located in the A9 road.

It is located in the former premises of the of the Rupavahini TV transmission tower site at Kokkavil which was destroyed in 1983.

LTTE laments that thirty million rupees worth of broadcast equipment were damaged in the attack, according to officials at Thamileelam Radio.

It is recalled that these were the very radio transmitting equipment imported freely for the LTTE with duty free concession by the Norwegian Embassy in December 2002.

According to reports revealed by the LTTE, Sri Lankan bombers dropped bombs and fired mortars, hitting the tower and the building 25 times, destroying the main 500 feet high broadcast tower at Kokkavil Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.

An electricity generator and two vehicles of the station were also destroyed in the attack.

Rajasingham Surendran, 23, from 4th Mile Post, Murasumoddai and another employee identified as Harithas wounded in the bombardment, were rushed to Kilinochchi Hospital.

LTTE further adds that though the broadcast tower was destroyed that their Thamileelam Radio and VoT continued their broadcasts as usual.

In the meantime, "Asian Tribune" reliably learnt that the office of the LTTE in Norway is making arrangements to contact Norway Government to make arrangements to purchase and export immediately, radio tower transmission equipment to Vanni, Sri Lanka.

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- Asian Tribune -

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