Facebook icon
Twitter icon
e-mail icon

Sirisena claims LTTE was planning attack from Chennai

The Sri Lankan president on Friday claimed the LTTE was preparing an air strike from Chennai during the end of the armed conflict in 2009. 

“The Tigers were going to operate an aircraft from Chennai or some other jungle in Tamil Nadu to bomb and destroy targets in Colombo,” Sirisena was quoted by Economy Next as saying. “I was the acting defence minister. All the others had fled because they feared air attacks.”

“Even I did not stay in Colombo. I was at several locations outside Colombo in case the Tigers attacked the capital city.”

The news site noted: 'It was not immediately clear why he, as the acting defence minister, did not alert residents of Colombo to take precautions against possible Tiger air attacks, but stayed away from the capital for his own safety.'

Read more here

We need your support

Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.

Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view

We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.