Two Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Kfir bombers Tuesday destroyed the main broadcast tower of the Thamileelam Radio (Thamileelam Vanoli) that broadcasts three radios, two commercial radio broadcasts, the Thamileelam Vanoli Tamil and Sinhala services and the official broadcast of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Voice of Tigers (VoT). Political Head of the LTTE, S.P. Thamilchelvan, who visited the bombed site along the A9 Road in Kokkavil, 15 km south of Kilinochchi, charged the Sri Lankan Government for attacking the broadcast station with a `planned agenda to suppress the freedom of expression prior to the talks scheduled in Geneva.`
Two employees were wounded in the attack.
Sri Lankan bombers dropped bombs and fired mortars, hitting the tower and the building 25 times, destroying the main 500 feet high broadcast tower at Kokkavil Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.
Thirty million rupees worth of broadcast equipments were damaged in the attack, according to officials at Thamileelam Radio.
However, the Thamileelam Radio and VoT continued their broadcasts as usual.
An electricity generator, and two vehciles of the station were also destroyed in the attack.
Rajasingham Surendran, 23, from 4th Mile Post, Murasumoddai and another employee identified as Harithas wounded in the bombardment, were rushed to Kilinochchi Hospital.
Harithas was in unconscious state due to the shock caused by explosion, medical sources said.