`One of the LTTE aircraft was shot down by the Air Force over the Inland Revenue Department and the second one was shot down in the general area of Katunayake,` Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said.
Katunayake, some 28 km north of here, is where the country`s only international airport is located.
It is the first time the Sri Lankan military has been able to detect and destroy any LTTE plane since the Tamil Tigers unleashed bombing raids on Colombo from March 2007.
According to military officials, the authorities had foiled the LTTE`s plan to attack uncertified targets.
Image: An air defence search light is seen during an attack by Tamil Tiger rebels in Colombo on Friday, February 20, 2009. Two rebel aircraft launched a surprise raid on the Sri Lankan capital late Friday.