Sri Lanka
LTTE only an irritant: Indian air chief
Apr 9, 2007 - 6:48:26 PM

New Delhi, April 9 - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger guerrillas are not a threat to India even though they posses an air wing but only an irritant, the new Indian Air Force - chief said Monday.

At his first media meet after taking charge March 31, journalists asked Air Chief Marshal Fali Major if he considered the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - a threat to India following the March 26 air attack on Sri Lanka's main air force base near Colombo.

'It is not a threat. The LTTE has never been a threat to us. They are more an irritant rather than a threat,' Major said here.

Two light aircraft of LTTE flew all the way from the rebel-held north to Colombo, bombed the air base causing unspecified damage and flew back, covering a distance of about 600 km - that too at night.

The development is worrying security experts in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. It was the first instance of any insurgent group in the world using aircraft.

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