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Jun 20, 2007 at 07:46am IST

LTTE attacks oil facilities in Colombo

New Delhi: An LTTE aircraft bombed two oil storage installations close to the Lankan capital in retaliation to air raids on their headquarters on Sunday. An LTTE spokesperson said oil storage facilities were targeted because they provided fuel to Lankan forces.

The attacks were targeted at Shell gas storage facility at Muthurajawala and an oil storage depot at Kolonnawa in Colombo. The two bombs dropped on the oil facility failed to explode.

Security forces fired anti-aircraft guns and tracer bullets after suspected Tiger aircraft were spotted flying towards Colombo. Power was switched off as residents were watching the cricket World Cup in Barbados.

LTTE STRIKE: A gas storage facility burns in Kerawalapitiya, about 10 kms north of Colombo.

"The suspected LTTE aircraft have (dropped) four improvised bombs," the ministry was quoted as saying.

Two LTTE aircraft carried out the attacks in retaliation for military air raids on their territory. The two squadrons were dispatched after Sri Lankan air force jets had bombed targets in Kilinochchi in the north where the rebels have their headquarters.

The air force confirmed a rebel claim that the military war planes had bombed the outskirts of the rebel-held Kilinochchi town, before the Tigers staged their tit-for-tat attack.

Air force spokesman Ajantha Silva said they carried out a second air strike against the Tigers after the rebel air strikes here early this morning.

With agencies inputs