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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 104

Sri Lanka Government Condemns LTTE Attempt on Katunayake Air Force Camp

Colombo, 26 March, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka Government in a scathing statement it has released, condemned vehemently the attack by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the Katunayake Air Force Camp as a ‘cowardice’ attempt aftermath of the major defeats it suffered in the North and east.

The statement expressed Government’s determination to face any challenge in its fight against terrorism and appealed to all section of the Sri Lankan society, "to extend fullest cooperation in this national endeavor."

The Government pointed out in its appeal that it is the responsibility of all concerned to cast aside petty political differences and stand by the Government to safeguard unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation and to eradicate the menace of terrorism.

The Government’s press release further revealed, “Although the attack failed to achieve its objective of destroying fighter aircraft at the base, three Air Force personnel died and 16 others suffered injuries. The Government offers condolences to the next of kin of the victims.”

It added that a light aircraft has dropped three bombs at the hangers at the Engineering section of the air base and two of them exploded while the third bomb failed to explode.

According to the press release, the attack came at 12.45 a.m. on Monday and the Air Force defence system got immediately activated preventing the enemy plane from making further attempts. “Neither the fighter aircraft at the hangers of the Air Force Camp nor the runaway was damaged,” statement said.

The Sri Lanka Government Information Department said in its press release:

“The Bandaranaike International Airport is in full operations for all incoming and out going flights as scheduled.”

“The LTTE terrorists suffered major defeats in the East as the security forces succeeded in rescuing the civilian population from the clutches of the terrorists in recent weeks. It is common practice of terrorist organizations to resort to cowardly attacks and cause maximum damage in the face of defeats in the battlefront. Such attempts to disrupt civilian life in the face of humiliating defeat could continue and the forces have been placed on full alert.

“It is the time to rise above narrow political differences and to refrain from unduly discrediting the security forces as such campaigns could result in strengthening the LTTE terrorists and demoralizing the security forces. The Government wishes to emphasise that the nation is supreme and no political ambitions should supercede the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.

“The Government is determined to face any challenge in its fight against terrorism and appeals to all section of the Sri Lankan society to extend fullest cooperation in this national endeavor. It is the responsibility of all concerned to cast aside petty political differences and stand by the Government to safeguard unity, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the nation and to eradicate the menace of terrorism. “

- Asian Tribune -

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