Sea Tiger chief ‘missing’ after air raid on hideout

Sea Tiger chief Soosai was reported missing after Sri Lankan Air Force jets pounded his hideout,killing at least 27 rebels...

Written by Press Trust Of India | Colombo | Published:February 8, 2009 12:18 am

Sea Tiger chief Soosai was reported missing after Sri Lankan Air Force jets pounded his hideout,killing at least 27 rebels,officials said on Saturday. It was not confirmed whether Soosai was killed or wounded in the attack,but he was missing.

“Air Force fighter jets yesterday pounded a hideout of senior Tiger leaders located one km north-east of Pudukudirippu Junction in Mullaitivu,” Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara said.

It was later confirmed the hideout targeted was the coordinating headquarters of the LTTE Sea Tiger. “It is now confirmed that as a result of monitoring LTTE communications,the Sea Tiger leader Soosai is reportedly missing,” Media Centre for National Security said.

The LTTE cadres using dozers were seen digging up the hideout targeted,it said,adding the jets attacked the same hideout again destroying the dozers and others equipment used for digging. The rebel hideout was a building,which consisted of all modern facilities and “lavishly” equipped,officials said.

Meanwhile,as many as 5,000 trapped civilians from the un-cleared areas reported to the Army on Friday in the areas of Dharmapuram,Visuamadu and Kuppilankulam in Mullaittivu,the MCNS said.

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