LTTE’s first ever air strike on the single International airport in Sri Lanka has surprised the world and especially India. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse has sounded the alarm bells across the country after the LTTE’s air strike on the International airport. He said that the growing military power of LTTE is not just a threat to Sri Lanka but to rest of the world too particularly for South Asia region.
Military analysts say the Tigers, who are known to possess at least two Czech-built Zlin-143 single-engine four-seater aircraft and an airfield, could be the world’s first rebel outfit to use its own planes in a combat role.
Sri Lanka is not alone facing the terrorist threat. India and Indonesia too have similar threats. The LTTE’s air strike capability would become a threat to the international community also.
India shows very much concern to monitor the situation along with the borders with Pakistan and China.
Now, after LTTE’s attack on airport in Sri Lanka by a low-flying aircraft loaded with explosives has alarmed the security situation near the bordering areas in South India too.
The attack on the Sri Lankan airbase has added a new dimension to the potential threat that could pose to India.
However, LTTE does not put any direct threat to India but India cannot let its guard down. A senior defence official said that the LTTE network in Tamil Nadu remains quite intact.
After the attack, India quickly responded and re-deployed radars in South India to save nuclear reactor at Kalpakkam that could be come within LTTE’s air power’s range.
Over the last year, there has been a rise in LTTE attacks and clearly it has used the years of ceasefire with Sri Lankan army and peace process to regroup its strength.
According to a defence official, It is an extremely serious threat to Indian security. If a LTTE aircraft could take off from Mullaitivu district, fly all the way to Colombo, bomb the air base and return to base, then Tamil Nadu could be easily accessed too. So, this is no doubt an alarming situation for the security of South Indian cities.