SLA elite commando units stationed in the northern forward defence lines (FDL) averted a major disaster today by taking timely action to rout incoming TAF aircraft. Two light aircraft of TAF were flying towards Palaly military base at around 1.20am today when soldiers stationed in FDLs observed, notified military command and opened fire at the aircraft causing them to abort the mission. Palaly military base is SLA's largest base complex in the embattled northern region and an airstrike on the complex would have caused catastrophic ripple effects to army operations throughout northern province.
Two light aircraft of the Tamil Eelam Air Force took part in the failed mission. Armed forces on guard duty detected the incoming aircraft and opened fire after receiving confirmation that they were engaged in a hostile operation. TAF aircraft, unable to penetrate the fire curtain created by SLA LMG and .50 caliber fire, dropped 4 bombs near Myladdi area and flew back towards rebel held region. 6 soldiers who came out of the bunkers to open fire at incoming aircrafts were caught in one of the explosions caused by TAF bombing. They succumbed to injuries after admitting to Palaly military hospital.
Pro LTTE media were seen falsely reporting that TAF succeeded the air mission. However DefenceNet has video evidence (cannot be released as they contain footage of sensitive information vital to national security) that will prove them all false. We can confirm that LTTE aircraft did not fly over Palaly base complex and they did not bomb Palaly base complex or the adjoining airfield in the attempted airstrike.
However, it should be noted that the two light aircraft were able to escape back to Wanni. This is the most worrying factor for the SLA in today's incident. If the tiger airstrikes (successful or not) continue, it would seriously degrade SLA ground troop morale.