Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam fired their artillery guns targeting Palaly Military Base and Kankasanthurei harbor area today morning. As much as 10 shells have fallen inside the Palaly HSZ (High Security Zone) but no damages were caused to buildings, military hardware or to the lives of security forces personnel.
It is believed that the tiger artillery fire was directed from Pooneryn where they maintain a major military base. Pooneryn base has been attacked by SLAF bombers several times in the past but the tigers have so far been able to protect most of their artillery guns and ammunition. It is believed that they use decoys (fake guns placed to mislead aerial recon) and underground hangars as basic protection methods.
Palaly military base is the largest military complex in the Northern province. The base hosts a runway which is used by SLAF to deliver supplies and facilitate transportation. Army's main military hospital was moved to Palaly military complex after the fall of Elephant Pass in 2000. Area surrounding the military complex is declared as a high security zone where civilian presence is prohibited.