Two light aircraft of the LTTE flew into Colombo city around 10 pm, provoking fierce anti-aircraft fire after India-supplied radars detected them.
Evading anti-aircraft battery, one of the planes dropped a bomb on the headquarters of the Inland Revenue Department in the heart of the capital, causing a huge explosion. By then, Colombo had been blacked out and was in a state of high alert after troops in the northern Wanni region reported the LTTE aircraft taking off, apparently from an isolated airstrip.
Image: Shots from an air defence anti-aircraft gun light up the sky during an attack by Tamil Tiger rebels in Colombo on Friday, February 20, 2009.
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