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* Tamil rebels' aircraft shot down, says Sri Lanka Air Force
Tuesday, September 9, 2008, 0:45 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka Air Force spokesman says that they believe one light aircraft belonged to Tamil Tigers has been shot down over rebel-held Mullaitivu when it was returning from a bombing raid in government controlled territory.

A light aircraft of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels of Sri Lanka dropped bombs in Vavuniya, located south of the war front in the early hours today.

No damage was reported so far. The Tiger's air raid was followed by artillery shelling towards Vavuniya camp, military said.

"Three aircraft were seen on radar. One was over Vavuniya and dropped a bomb and went back. There was also an artillery attack into Vavuniya," said a military official who spoke on condition of anonymity to a news agency.

Tigers were believed to have acquired four light air crafts. A military source citing unconfirmed reports said another one of the LTTE air crafts had been shot down earlier in the jungles.

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