The LTTE is attempting to extract maximum propaganda mileage from last Monday`s bombing of the Sri Lanka Air Force`s (SLAF) Katunayake airbase despite its failure to disable the fighter aircraft squadron.
TamilNet on Friday quoted S.P. Thamilchelvan telling the media in Kilinochchi that the air strike was `a one hundred percent successful mission` and that it was a `precision air strike` despite the target being missed.
The LTTE is focusing on its first ever airborne mission as intended to give `a clear message` to Colombo to end its air strikes on Tiger-held areas.
Thamilchelvan alleged that during the last three months alone the SLAF has carried out two sorties every other day for more than 90 days killing and wounding civilians and displacing large numbers of people.
Analysts make the point that though Monday`s attack could have been a morale booster for LTTE cadres in the face of reverses in the Eastern theatre, the aerial mission was unable to disable the SLAF`s fighter aircraft.
``Moreover, they will no longer have an element of surprise in any such future attempt,`` an analyst said. ``Also, the authorities have been alerted to tightening existing shortcomings.``