Two Kfir bombers of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) 10th fighter squadron took to the skies from Katunayake airbase at around 10.20AM last morning (14th). Their target was a clandestine LTTE military installation located in Vishwamadukulam region, Mullaithiv district (See previous article). In a few more minutes, the jets carried out a precision air strike on the pre identified target which was codenamed Radha base.
Radha base was a large training and logistics base home to some of the most trusted cadres in the LTTE outfit. Military intelligence had previously identified that the base was a central hub of activity for LTTE's so called anti aircraft units. LTTE anti aircraft (AA) regiment had recently caused minimal damages to several fighter jets of the 5th Jet Squadron when they engaged in low flying bombing missions over rebel held territory. Ever since these incidents, LTTE's AA unit has been a primary target of the SLAF.
Although the exact casualty figures or damages caused to LTTE assets are not yet available, ground based intelligence sources indicate that the attack was accurate and well timed. The base was reportedly buzzing with activity when the jets struck. Latest unconfirmed intelligence reports suggest that several of LTTE's truck mounted Anti aircraft batteries have been destroyed in the attack. However please keep in mind that this latest claim is yet to be confirmed by several other sources.
Meanwhile SLAF flew another bombing sortie today, marking the second consecutive day of airstrikes. This time the target was a sea tiger training base in the Nayaru region. The attack was launched after military intelligence warned of increased LTTE activity in the area during the last few days. Casualty figures are not available as of now.