A group of bombers from the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) 10th fighter squadron took to the skies from their home base in Katunayake yesterday (22nd) at 8.15 am. Their target was an LTTE training facility located north east of Uddayarkattukulam, Mullaithivu. Intelligence sources had previously suggested that a group of LTTE fighters were undergoing training at the target location. Fighter pilots confirmed that the target was accurately hit.
Air Force intelligence units now believe that more than 20 personnel from LTTE's notorious 'black tiger' suicide squad were killed in the attack. According to intelligence sources, these cadres were undergoing special training in a training facility deep inside the jungles of Uddayarkattukulam. Uddayarkattukulam is located 20kms east of Iranamadu, which is another tiger stronghold.
Meanwhile the sacred statue of Our Lady of Madhu has now been brought back to government controlled territory. The statue was moved further into LTTE held territory (to a church in Thewayampiddi) when the army closed in on the church.