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Jun 20, 2007 at 08:10am IST

LTTE planes bomb IOC facility in Lanka

New Delhi: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) planes bombed two oil facilities near Colombo early on Sunday, injuring six people and causing minor damage.

The Sri Lankan government and the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) jointly owned one of the facilities that came under the attack.

Using their newly-acquired air power in yet another daring attack, the LTTE dropped two bombs at the Muthurajawela gas storage facility of Shell and dropped two more bombs at the main oil storage depot at Kolonnawa.

The fuel distribution facility is run by Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Ltd (CPSTL), is 33 per cent-owned by Lanka IOC, a unit of the Indian Oil Corporation, which is an enterprise of the Government of India. The rest is owned by Sri Lanka government's Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

As a security measure, officials knocked out power to the capital Colombo.

Hours later, the Sri Lankan Air Force carried out a second air strike against the LTTE positions in the north.

The Sunday early morning attack was the third air strike ever by the LTTE.