SLAF denies downing of Kfir
The Air Force yesterday rejected reports on the pro-LTTE Tamilnet website that an SLAF Kfir Jet was shot down by the LTTE in the Iranamadu area during an air raid.
“The Air Force totally denies such reports and it is yet another ‘fabricated’ story,” Air Force Spokesman Ajantha Silva said.
The Media Center for National Security said all aircraft of the Sri Lanka Air Force had returned to their bases following their routine reconnaissance and other strike missions over Tiger held areas and none of them was reported missing.
Meanwhile, the LTTE claimed a Sri Lanka Air Force jet fighter was attacked by its air-defense system when the bomber approached the airfield of the Tamileealm Air Force in Iranaimadu around 2:30 p.m yesterday. The Tamilnet website quoted LTTE military spokesman Irasiah Ilanthirayan as saying that the SLAF bomber had plunged into the sea, following a loud explosion