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Sri Lankan Army Capture Last LTTE Airstrip.

Colombo (PTI): In a further blow to the air attack capability of the Tamil Tigers, Sri Lankan troops on Tuesday captured the seventh and last jungle airstrip used by the rebel outfit to launch strikes across the island but are still to trace any of the LTTE planes.

The 50-metre wide and two-km long runway, along with a hangar for light aircraft, were seized by advancing security forces in Puthukudirippu in Mullaitivu, officials said.

During the course of the heavy fighting over the last few weeks which witnessed the cornered rebels steadily losing territory, government troops seized six runways used by the air wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

However, they are yet to come across any of the Czech-made Zlin-143 single-engine planes believed to be used by the LTTE, prompting the authorities to order a strict vigil to prevent any air raid by the rebels on the country

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Added: Feb-3-2009 Occurred On: Feb-2-2009
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