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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 109

One LTTE flight missing, Air Force helicopter crashed and 4 air force personnel died

By Ruwan Weerakoon in Colombo

Colombo, 22 October, (Asiantribune.com): Tiger sources revealed that two of their aircrafts were involved in the bombing of the Anuradhapura air force base and one of their flight has returned to their base safely and another one missing.

According to Tiger sources, one of their flight was attacked while returning after bombing the air force base and it has not returned to the base located somewhere in the Vanni.

In the meantime, Air Force and Police in Anuradhapura told that they have received a report that a flight has crashed and fallen some where in Mihintale nearly 13 kilometers away from the air force base in Anuradhapura.

Subsequently it was confirmed that a Bell 212 helicopter that went from the Air force base in search of the LTTE flights crashed due to engine failure near Mihintale and two gunners and two pilots died.

Air force spokesperson confirmed that two MI 24 helicopter gunships have been damaged in the explosion.

Reports also revealed that three Air force personnel were injured in the battle with the tigers and are hospitalized.

The fighting lasted about two hours and the air force and military have jointly sent teams into the surrounding area to search for the attackers, and for the LTTE plane.

- Asian Tribune

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