The LTTE will be finished off from the ground before it comes by air,the army said on Thursday.
Army spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe addressing journalists at the cabinet press briefing said that there was no need to worry about the LTTE`s so called air power, since it will be finished off at ground level.`We will finish off the LTTE from the ground before it comes by air.`
His comments came after Air force spokesman Group Captain Ajantha Cooray said that the Air Force was doing all in its power to defend the country against LTTE attacks.
Asked about an unpacked light aircraft belonging to a former Air Force pilot that has been taken into Air Force custody,Cooray said it had beeen done as a precautionary measure.
The former pilot who was also an instructor had obtained government clearance to import the light aircraft.
`There is nothing illegal about the aircraft being brought into the country.But in the present circumstances it would be in everyones interest that it is kept in our custody.`
The aircraft cannot get into LTTE hands when it is with the Air Force,he added.