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Sri Lanka Says it Shot Down Rebel Aircraft Amid Intensifying Fighting
as anjana pasricha reptorts from new delhi, the governmeant has also ordered aid workers out of the battle zone as fighting intensifies in the north of the communtry .
it is the first time the air force has brought down a rebel plane since tamil tiger rebels surprised the military last year by mounting an air strike on a key military base near colombo, demonstrating that they had air power .
he says it may also be meant to ensure that there are no witnesses, if civilians are killed during the military offensive .
air force spokesman janaka nanayakkara, says a small rebel plane was downed early tuesday, hours after the tamil tigers, also known as the ltte, launched an air and ground assault on a military base in the north .