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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

LTTE military spokesman denies the bombing of LTTE leader’s base

Colombo, 24 January, ( Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam refuted the claim by the Sri Lanka Air Force that it had hit a base of the leader of the LTTE Velupillai Pirapaharan on Wednesday morning around 11.15 am.

However unconfirmed reports revealed that after the reported bomb attack, shops in Kilinochchi districts were closed down and even satellite phones used by the middle level LTTE leaders were retrieved by the intelligence officers of the separatist Tamil outfit.

But by a belated response, Liberation Tigers Military Spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan on Wednesday evening refuted the claims by the Sri Lanka Air Force that it had hit a location of the leader of the LTTE Velupillai Pirapaharan.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, Sri Lanka Air Force reported that the rebel nerve centre called "X-Ray Base" in Kilinochchi was bombed.

The Air force added "Air Force fighter jets in a low flying mission have targeted the base located East of Iranamadu Tank in the Kalmadukulama area, with the pin point accuracy.”

Air Force Spokesperson Wing Commander Andi Wijesoriya, said air sorties were carried out on information obtained through real-time air surveillance and ground reconnaissance. Also, he said that the targeted location has been a regular visiting place of terror chief V. Prabhakaran. Fighter pilots have confirmed that the target was accurately hit, he added,

However Ilanthirayan, LTTE military spokesman in an interview with the pro-LTTE news websites, while denying the claim by the Sri Lanka Air Force said that Colombo was spreading false propaganda. He added that the SLAF attack targeted civilian settlements at Vaddakkachchi twice between 11:10 a.m. and 11:35 a.m. and in the evening between 5:15 and 6:00 p.m.

Pro-LTTE news websites further added that Ilanthirayan has charged that Colombo was engaged in such false propaganda, also even during the Tsunami catastrophe and on many occasions earlier, he said.

These are all claims and counter claims of the protagonists of the conflict and journalists are not permitted to visit the places of incident by the Tamil Tigers for any independent verification.

- Asian Tribune -

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