BIA night flights from July
COLOMBO: Twenty four hour operations at the Bandaranaike
International Airport will resume next month.
Government Defence spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told a
press briefing at the Media Centre for National Security that the
arrangements have been made to commence normal 24 hour operations at the
BIA from next month as the Air Force had guaranteed security for the
“We are very hopeful that from the first week of July, we will be
opening the airport for 24 hours operation,” Rambukwella said.
He said the decision to open airport for 24 hours was taken after
extensive meetings between the Air Force and Airport authorities.
Details have already been worked out.
Rambukwella said the Air Force has given an assurance that they have
acquired required equipment necessary for detecting and identifying any
“The Air Force has given an assurance that they can control the
Military spokesman Brig, Prasad Samarasinghe said Security Forces
captured three more LTTE camps around Thoppigala which is on the verge
of falling to the hands of soldiers. Violent confrontations flared up in
Narakamulla in Batticaloa.
“Our troops have captured three camps and there are about 30 bodies
of LTTE cadres are scattered around those camps and many are fleeing the
area,” Samarasinghe said. Troops also found a large stock of weapons,
ammunition and other military equipment.
He said two soldiers also sustained injuries during fighting on
“Fleeing LTTE cadres are confronting our forces at different places,
said Samarasinghe adding that on Tuesday night army troops killed seven
LTTE cadres, after a brief clash in Thrikonamadu, Kalkuda and Yakkkuray.
Samarasinghe said troops have killed at least 188 LTTE cadres
following the battle for Thoppigala, the last LTTE stronghold in the
east, since April. Nine soldiers were also killed and 78 wounded.
Separately in Wanni, soldiers clashed with LTTE in two different places
and this morning recovered 11 LTTE bodies with their weapons and
Responding to a question, Samarasinghe said in a matter of few days,
Security Forces can capture Thoppigala from the clutches of LTTE after a
lapse of 14 years.
Samarasinghe said Thoppigala is a strategic location for troops.
“For the last 14 years, we haven’t gone to that area. During
1993-1994 we were there.” He also said many LTTE cadres are surrendering
to the Army in Batticaloa. Last week alone, 42 cadres surrendered to the
Army and they have confessed that they cannot bear the harassment in the