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Last updated: 11 September, 2008 - Published 12:29 GMT
 
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'Indian staff injured' in LTTE attack
 
The Sri Lankan government has admitted that Indian nationals were injured in an attack by the Tamil Tigers.

Anura Priyadarshana Yapa

Media Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told journalists in Colombo on Thursday that two Indian nationals sustained injuries when the LTTE launched an attack on the Vavuniya military complex earlier this week.

 We should be thankful to our powerful neighbour India for providing us with modern radar equipment and staff
 
Sri Lanka media minister

The Sri Lanka miltary said they had shot down a Tamil Tiger plane that came for the pre-dawn attack on Tuesday, while the LTTE said that they destroyed the Radar installation inside the military complex.

Military denial

Indian High Commission Spokesperson Dinkar Asthana told BBC Tamil service on Tuesday that two radar technicians working within the complex were injured in Tuesday's attack.

Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara

However, Sri Lanka military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara denied reports that Indian Nationals were injured.

"There are no foreign nationals working in the Sri Lankan military," he told the BBC Sinhala service on Tuesday.

Minister Yapa said that he was not aware whether the injured Indian nationals, "those in a service contract" were technical or military personnel.

 There are no foreign nationals working in the Sri Lankan military
 
Sri Lankan Military spokesman

He said that they were aiding the Sri Lankan military with the newly installed radar facility.

"We should be thankful to our powerful neighbour India for providing us with modern radar equipment and staff for our security," he added.

Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (CPI) called upon the Indian government to "make it's stand clear," with regard to the situation in Sri Lanka.

Doraisamy Raja

The All India Secretary of CPI Doraisamy Raja told the BBC Tamil Service, "There is a full scale war going in Sri Lanka. It cannot be taken as a normal situation".

He demanded that India disclose whether the injured Indian nationals were
"part of Indian army or civilians helping the Indian army".

 Are they part of Indian army or civilians helping the Indian army
 
All India Secretary, CPI

He also wanted to know how many more Indians are currently in Sri Lanka helping the military.

 
 
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