However, the copycat aspect of the matter is troublesome:
Two light aircraft of LTTE flew all the way from the rebel-held north to Colombo, bombed the air base causing unspecified damage and flew back, covering a distance of about 600 km - that too at night.
The development is worrying security experts in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. It was the first instance of any insurgent group in the world using aircraft. (emphasis added)