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Indian radar blamed for LTTE attack: Report
March 28, 2007 14:26 IST
Sri Lanka's military, under attack for not taking action against the rebels after they bombed a key base, has blamed the radar installed by India for their debacle, a report said on Wednesday.
The Island newspaper, which reflects the military's point of view, said the radar installed by India failed to detect the incoming Tiger aircraft and thus helped the rebels.
"Initial investigation revealed that the first generation radar installed by India failed to detect the incoming aircraft until the radar at the adjacent Bandaranaike International Airport identified them," the Island said.
Military sources told PTI that the Tigers used two Czech-built Zlin-143 single-engine four-seater aircraft and an airfield in the island's north to carry out the attack on Monday.
The aircraft was spotted on radar nearly an hour before it carried out the attack. Troops on the ground had alerted the Air Force but it was not clear what action it took to prevent the attack.
The LTTE on Monday dropped several bombs on a military air base near the international airport, killing three airmen and wounding 16 others.Military officials privately accused the Air Force of not taking any action even after the attack to prevent the Tiger aircraft safely returning to a secret location somewhere in the island's north.