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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 113

Sri Lankan government reiterates its commitment to liberate masses from the terrorism

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 22 October, ( The Government reiterates its commitment to liberate masses from the scourge of terrorism.

Media Spokesman on National Security and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella at a media briefing in Colombo today [22] said the LTTE terrorists have launched an unsuccessful attack on the Air Force camp in Anuradhapura as an attempt to cover the defeat they are experiencing in the face of humanitarian operations of the Security Forces. The Minister has stressed successful results could be expected from any devolution process only through total defeat of terrorism.

Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said if any group attempts to become heroes taking advantage of this dastard act of LTTE terrorists, they would be perpetrating betrayal on the entire nation.

Air Force Media Spokesman and Group Captain Ajantha de Silva said terrorists launched an attack from the east side of the AIR force Camp, Anuradhapura around 3.15 this morning. Serious damages had been caused only to a MI 24 helicopter stationed at the camp. Damages had also been caused to another MI 24 helicopter and a K8 type aircraft used for trainee operations at the camp.

The Media Spokesman added a Bell 212 type Helicopter on a mission to attack light aircraft was crashed in Doramadalawa in Mihinthale due to technical failure. Four persons in the aircraft including the two pilots have succumbed to their injuries in this accident. Group Captain de Silva said five solders have also laid down their lives on behalf of the nation in the camp attack.

20 bodies of LTTE cadres killed in the attack have been found. 22 members of the security forces were injured in the attack.

He added the IGP has taken measures to enlighten all DIGs on measures to be taken to normalize situation in Anuradhpura following the attack.

- Asian Tribune -

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