MI-24, Bell damaged in Tiger air strike on Mannaar garrison

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 October 2008, 13:09 GMT]
An MI-24 attack helicopter gunship of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), deployed in Vanni offensive, and a Bell helicopter used to transport the wounded soldiers from the battlefield, sustained damage Tuesday night when Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) air wing, Tamileelam Air Force, carried out a bombing raid on the Sri Lankan garrison at Tha'l'laadi in Mannaar, according to a reliable military source.

Sri Lankan military officials have claimed that there was no major damage caused by the Tiger air strike and said only one soldier had sustained injuries in the attack.

The SLAF has lost seven MI-24 gunships in the war since 1995. Five gunships were brought down by the LTTE anti-aircraft unit and two were destroyed in LTTE operations on SLAF installations.


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