Tuesday, January 20, 2009

LTTE planes missing: Did Prabhakaran fly?

By Our Correspondents

With agency inputs

Colombo/New Delhi

(TAA)Jan. 19: Has Sri Lanka’s most wanted man, Tamil Tiger chieftain Velupillai Prabhakaran, fled the country with his family? Sri Lankan troops who captured six airfields and landing strips used by the LTTE in their march towards the last stretch of territory held by a handful of Tigers, said they had not been able to find the three Czech-made Zlin Z-143 aircraft that the Tigers’ air wing had secretly acquired in recent years.

This has led to intense speculation that the feared head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam might have used these light aircraft to fly out of the island nation, possibly even to a destination in Southeast Asia. Constant monitoring of sea routes by the Indian and Sri Lankan navies — however patchy — had made it difficult to escape by sea, either to India or the southern Philippines, from where the Tigers have recently sourced their weapons and supplies. Full Text