The navy has recovered what an authoritative official termed as a suicide device which has not been previously used by the LTTE.
An authoritative navy official speculated that the device may have been developed recently to be used against individual targets. "It is a small device packed with steel balls to carry out an individual assassination."
According to him, naval troops recovered the device following Sunday’s confrontation with a small group of LTTE cadres including Eelamaran, in charge of the Jaffna Islands and his deputy Udayan at Suruvil, Velani in Kayts. Eelamaran and Udayan had committed suicide by exploding two suicide devices after troops surrounded a kovil where they were holed up. Contrary to reports that they were shot dead by troops, they committed suicide, The Island learns.
They were among five LTTE cadres who died in the confrontation. Troops recovered the suicide device from one of the bodies, the official said. Troops also recovered three T 56 weapons, one 9mm pistol, three 9mm pistol magazines one pouch, two cyanide capsules and seven hand grenades.
The SLN had recently arrested Udayan’s wife after troops recovered a sub machine gun, two claymore mines and some ammunition during a search of her premises in Kayts.
The incumbent of the Kovil was also killed in the cross-fire.
The Kayts hit came hot on the heels of the recovery of 1000 rounds of 7.62 ammunition, one kg of TNT explosives, four claymore mines, six electrical detonators, six non-electrical detonators, two kgs of C4 explosives, 150 grams of PAB 3A explosives, eight hand grenades and one meter long detonator cord in the Uddappuwa area.