COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Rebels in Sri Lanka launched an airstrike on the capital city of Colombo, officials said Friday.
The Financial Times reported that two light aircraft of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam bombed the main tax office, the central bank and air force headquarters.
Forty-two people were injured in the bombings, the newspaper reported.
Authorities switched off electricity supplies to Colombo and its suburbs after troops spotted two aircraft heading toward the capital city, a military official said.
The Sri Lankan Defense Department said one of the rebel aircraft was destroyed and the body of a pilot found.
The Tamil Tigers, a separatist group, are seeking a homeland on the island's north and east. The group has been at war with the Sri Lankan government since 1983.