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Last updated: 12 July, 2007 - Published 17:54 GMT
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'Kfir jet hit' LTTE
Tamil Tigers claim that they hit a Sri Lankan Air Force fighter jet bomber.

LTTE Photo
Photos claiming to be parts fallen off the SLAF Kfir

LTTE spokesman Rasaiah Ilanthirayan told the BBC Sinhala service that yhe Kfir was hit by automatic anti aircraft canons fired by the Tamil Tigers at Vavuniya North on Thursday afternoon.

"Upon being hit, the aircraft flew away at a very low altitude with some of its parts falling apart", Ilanthirayan said

'False claims'

"Our anti-aircraft unit shot down an SLAF Kfir that was flying over our area. It went down in smoke", he said.

Ilantherian added that parts have fallen in the LTTE held area and that Tamil Tiger troops were searching for the fallen aircraft.

The SL Army spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe denied the LTTE claim saying that Tamil Tigers are making false claims to cover up their defeat in the east.

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