Monday, July 02, 2007

Members of The Civil Defence Force Successfully Confront The LTTE

AROUND 3.00 A.M. A PATROL CONSISTING of Members of The Civil Defence Force confronted a group of LTTE terrorists at THAMBALAGAMUWA, TRINCOMALEE. They confirm that the LTTE fled with heavy casualties.

A search operation was conducted after the incident and they confirm that blood stains left behind by the terrorists indicate that they had sustained heavy casualties. The items given below were recovered from the area.

01 x T 56 Assault Rifle
01 x Micro Pistol
01 x Laptop Computer
04 x Stretchers
A large quantity of Rice, Dhal and dry rations

These frequent confrontations with the Security Forces indicate that the LTTE terrorists are fleeing from the THOPPIGALA area to escape from the final onslaught by the Security Forces.

The LTTE terrorists are left with one of two alternatives. That is either face the continuing attacks or at best, surrender to the Security Forces or the Police.

A search operation is in progress in the area.


LTTE Attacks Civil Defence Force Guard Point - Awaranthulawa, Vavuniya

The Civil Defence Force Guard point situated at Awaranthulawa, in the Vavuniya area came under attack by the LTTE at approximately 1.00 a.m. today - Wednesday the 27th of June.

This attack was launched to destroy the Civil Defence force Guard point established to safeguard the area.

Whilst two soldiers of the SL Army and one other Civil Defence Force personnel died in this attack, two personnel from SL Army and the Civil Defence Force respectively, have suffered injuries.

The injured personnel have already been admitted to the General Hospital, Vavuniya.

Meanwhile, cordon and search operations have been launched to further secure the area.


National Homeguards disrupt a Terror movement- Thambalagamuwa

Members of the Civil Defence Force formerly known as the National Home guard confronted with a large group of LTTE terrorists at Jayapura in Thambalagamuwa early this morning (01).

According to the defense sources, the battle has erupted around 3.30a.m. The Home guards manning the 37th Duty post detected the terror movement and intercepted it at a location in between 170 and 180 mile posts on the Colombo -Trincomalee main road. The terrorists have fled the area leaving behind much of their belongings.

During the subsequent search, the troops have found one T-56 machine gun, eight Hand grenades, one Micro Pistol, one Global Positioning System (GPS), one laptop computer, and number of sacks containing rice, dhal and other food items.

Home guards suffered no casualties in the incident. Police investigations are in progress.


LTTE underground hospital discovered - Thoppur

Security forces troops discovered an underground LTTE mini hospital during a search operation in Thoppur on Sunday(01), the Media Centre for the National Security (MCNS) said.

The abandoned hospital was located in the thick jungles of Pullikudiyiruppu in Thoppur during the Army-Police joint search operation, the MCNS said.

Troops also seized two stretches, used mattresses, pillows, a stock of outdated drugs, and a bowser trailer. Meanwhile, the STF recovered an arms cache on a tip-off by a civilian on Sunday in the Annamalai area, Vavuniya (14 colony), a MCNS spokesman said.

They included a T56 assault rifle, two T56 magazines and 48 T56 ammunition. In a subsequent search operation, the STF also recovered 11 anti-personnel mines in the Vavuniya area, which were defused.


Sri Lanka on alert for Tiger attack anniversary

Sri Lankan soldiers catch a lift while on patrol in Batticaloa, 06 April 2007. Sri Lankan security forces are on high alert as Tamil Tiger rebels this week mark the 20th anniversary of their first-ever suicide attack with the threat of unleashing more deadly strikes.(AFP/File/Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)

SriLankan security forces are on high alert as Tamil Tiger rebels this week mark the 20th anniversary of their first-ever suicide attack with the threat of unleashing more deadly strikes.

The island's prime minister has underlined fears that the ethnic Tamil guerrillas could be planning to celebrate with a bang, following the discovery in recent weeks of two trucks, each crammed with around a tonne of explosives.

"The explosives in the truck were enough to destroy half of Colombo," Ratnasiri Wickremanayake told reporters shortly after the first truck bomb was found before it was detonated.

In their northern de facto state, the Tigers will light coconut oil lamps and hold Hindu services for at least 260 rebels -- more than a quarter of them women -- who have blown themselves up in the name of an independent homeland.

The first of these "Black Tigers" was a rebel known as Captain Miller, who drove a truck bomb into an army camp in the Jaffna peninsula on July 5, 1987, killing 40 soldiers.

Initially inspired by Islamic militants in the Middle East, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have earned a reputation as the world's deadliest suicide bombers, claiming a long string of high-profile victims.

As a result, the group has attracted widespread international condemnation -- and been designated as a terrorist organization by both the United States and the European Union.

Unlike their Islamic counterparts in the Al-Qaeda network, Tiger suicide operatives are driven by loyalty, and not religion. They are secular Hindus with a single-minded allegiance to their leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran.

"It is difficult to fight Black Tigers because they have no respect for life -- not even their own," said retired army general Sarath Munasinghe.

He describes the Black Tigers as a "protective armour" for the 35-year-old campaign to create a separate state for the island nation's ethnic Tamil minority.

The deadliest suicide attack took place on October 16 last year when a Black Tiger drove a truck bomb into a transit point where 350 sailors were waiting to board buses in north-central SriLanka. At least 116 of them were killed.

India banned the Tigers in 1992 after holding them responsible for the 1991 suicide bombing that killed former Indian premier Rajiv Gandhi, who as prime minister ordered Indian troops to disarm the rebels in 1987.

Twenty years on, the Tiger recruits keep coming -- and the chosen few are entertained to a last supper with the 52-year-old Prabhakaran as a high point of a short but effective military career.

Ever the masters of reinvention, the Tigers have now added an air force to their arsenal -- smuggling in light aircraft and bombing a military air base adjoining the island's only international airport in March.

"Tigers are no doubt the masters of suicide bombings," said defense analyst Namal Perera. "If they use their Black Tiger expertise with the new air wing, it could have a devastating impact on the conflict."

A retired top air force official who asked not to be named said he believed that the Tigers could soon use a flying bomb, even though up to now they have struck from the air and then flown back to their bases.

The police and armed forces are understandably nervous.

"Measures are underway to heighten our alert during the Black Tiger week," police spokesman Senior Deputy Inspector General Jayantha Wickramaratne told AFP. "We are taking all measures to eliminate the risk of terrorist attacks."

"We are also seeking public cooperation for information regarding suspicious activity in their neighborhoods."


LRRP attack hits LTTE escort

Sri Lanka Army's deep penetration unit detonated a claymore mine targeting a senior LTTE leader's escort last week. The target of this LRRP attack was a senior leader of the LTTE; Colonel Bhanu. 3 senior LTTE cadres were killed in this incident but Bhanu is said to have escaped unharmed.

Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol (LRRP) detonated a claymore mine deep inside LTTE controlled area north of Mannar targeting the LTTE convoy. Bhanu's double cab which got caught in the explosion was completely destroyed. However the primary target was not in the vehicle when the explosion occurred. 3 senior LTTE cadres who were traveling in the double can were killed instantly.

LRRP consists of highly trained soldiers of the 3rd Special Forces regiment (3SF). Successful Long Range Surveillance (LRS) and Deep Penetration Unit (DPU) missions carried out in the recent times have caused panic in LTTE ranks with LTTE leadership limiting public appearances.