Alleged plot to attack Katunayake air base

The Army’s Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI) is probing claims by two Tiger guerrilla suspects that they were part of a group that had planned to carry out an attack on the Air Force base at Katunayake.
The suspects, a male and a female Black Air Tiger cadres, were arrested by DMI operatives during a search operation in Puttalam. Also taken was another man who is described as a helper.

The female operative had claimed that a group of 18 Black Air Tiger cadres had been tasked by LTTE intelligence wing leader Pottu Amman to carry out the attack during the last week of December. She had also claimed that part of the group was to arrive in Colombo from the deep south. Following this, checkpoints in the south were alerted. Road blocks were also placed to check on movement of people from the the east towards the southern towns.

DMI investigations had revealed that the trio had entered the Government-controlled area from the one time entry-exit point at Omanthai. They had given different reasons for their visit.

The female operative had said she had been trained to fly aircraft. She had claimed her task was to fly out in an aircraft from the airbase. However, DMI sources discount the claim and said they were further investigating the matter.

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