LTTE satellite, communication centre bombed: Defence Ministry

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Colombo, Nov 25 (UNI) Supersonic fighter jets of the Sri Lankan Air Force carried out an air raid 'on a LTTE satellite communications and coordinating center in Dharmapuram' in the north-east of rebel-held Kilinochchi this morning.

''The air strike was carried out after intelligence agencies confirmed that the centre was also as a clandestine meeting place for LTTE leaders,'' the Defence Ministry here claimed.

The latest air raid has taken place at a time when the Tigers were commemorating their annual 'Heroes Week' in the rebel-held Wanni region in order to honour and remember the fallen cadres.

''Air Force pilots affirm that the air strike was a success,'' the Defence Ministry said, giving no details of damage caused due to the air raid.

Meanwhile, a pro-LTTE website, puthinam.com, claimed that three civilians from one family were killed and seven others seriously wounded in the morning air raid by the Sri Lankan Air Force.

Last month a group of 21 Black Tigers carried out an attack on a key Air Force base in the north-central Anuradhapura district, destroying at least eight aircraft of the Air Force.

Within a week, the Sri Lankan Air Force hit back the rebels by killing its political wing head S P Thamilselvan and six others in an aerial strike.

The heroes' week commemoration generally comes to an end on November 27 with the elusive rebel chief, Velupillai Prabhakaran delivering an annual speech, widely considered the policy statement of outfit for the next year.

UNI

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