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Feb 21, 2009 at 11:09am IST

Colombo air raids were suicide attacks: LTTE

Colombo: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Saturday said the air strikes carried out by it over Sri Lankan capital Colombo killing two people and injuring 54 others were suicide attacks by its elite 'Black Air Tiger' squad.

The LTTE said two men from the "Black Air Tiger" suicide squad piloted the two light aircraft that carried out the attack on Friday night.

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"The aircrafts dived into Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Headquarters in Colombo and into the SLAF base at Katunayaka at around 0915 PM (local time) on Friday night carrying out successful air raids," pro-LTTE website TamilNet.com reported.

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However, the Government had on Friday night said it shot down one aircraft and the second one was disabled by the anti air gunfire.

It also said the pilot of one aircraft was killed.

TamilNet.com also published a photograph of the two suicide pilots together with Tamil Tigers supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran said to have been taken shortly before they set off on the suicide mission.