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Last updated: 27 November, 2007 - Published 12:57 GMT
 
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Air Force bombs VOT building
 
VOT transmitters bombed in Kilinochchi (LTTE library photo)
This is the second time VOT came under attack since 2006 October
Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka say their main radio station is flattened by a Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) bombing raid.

The bomb raid occurred as the station prepared to broadcast LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran's annual speech, the LTTE said.

'Many civilian employees' of the Voice of Tigers (VOT) radio station were killed in the attack, according to the Tamil Tigers.

The Sri Lanka military confirmed that Air force launched an attack on a radio station at 1630 (SLT) on Tuesday.

Military confirms

Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told BBC Sandeshaya that SLAF raided 'a clandestine radio station' in Thiruvaiaru, Kilinochchi.

Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara
Military says SLAF targetted 'a clandestine radio station' in Kilinochchi

The military was not aware whether it was exactly the VOT station, he added.

LTTE leader's speech is being delivered by the VOT despite the air raid, journalists in the area said.

This is the second time that the SLAF targetted VOT in Kilinochchi.

In October last year the VOT transmitters were destroyed in an air raid.

 
 
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