Rebel planes raid Sri Lanka capital

February 21, 2009 07:40

A brazen air raid by Sri Lanka's rebels over the capital left three dead and 43 wounded before the military was able to shoot down the attacking aircraft. Tamil Tiger rebels sent two planes on the surprise raid Friday night before anti-aircraft fire shot both of them out of the sky, the military said. One plane crashed into a government office building in the heart of Colombo, killing the pilot and a bystander and wounding more than 40 others. The other came down in a suburb, killing that pilot as well, the military said. The raid by the rebels' tiny air wing came amid an all-out army offensive that forced the rebels out of nearly all their strongholds in the north and left them on the brink of defeat in their quarter-century separatist war.

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