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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

Kalpitiya police launch pre-dawn operation to find two unidentified light aircraft

Colombo, 20 April, ( The Kalpitiya police on April 19 launched a pre-dawn search operation for two unidentified light aircraft that reportedly landed in the Illakkandiya sea. Some men who landed from the planes thereafter landed at the shore using small boats, according to the tip-off to police, reported "Lankadeepa" the Sinhala language broadsheet published in Colombo today.Sri Lanka map showing the location of KalpityaSri Lanka map showing the location of Kalpitya

Kalpitiya, 103 miles (165 kms) from Colombo, is a predominantly Muslim fishing community strategically located at the mouth of the Puttalam Lagoon.

Kalpitiya is located at the mouth of the lagoon, beyond which lies the Gulf of Mannar.

Previously, on 28th June 2006, LTTE sea units comprising 20 boats including suicide vessels launched an attack on the Kalpitiya Naval Base (SLNS Vijaya).

SLN Inshore patrol Crafts (Low Profile) sighting the enemy approach engaged the LTTE crafts and destroyed 02 LTTE boats which military sources confirmed had at least 06 tiger cadres each, on board.

Thereafter, on February 19, a Sinhalese man was shot dead by navy guards on February 19 for his suspicious "breaking in" to the Kalpitiya Navy Base. He was carrying a Sri Lanka National ID with the name K.P Chandrapala, as resident of Galle.

Kalpitiya police said that so far no clear clues were found of any landings and investigations are continuing.

- Asian Tribune -

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