Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sri Lanka rebels claim intelligence chief killed

COLOMBO, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- The Tamil Tiger rebels claimed Sunday that their head of intelligence was killed by the Sri Lankan Army's deep penetration units (DPU) in the rebel controlled area in the northern district of Mannar on Saturday.

The pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) website Tamilnet said that Shanmuganathan Ravishankar alias Colonel Charles and three others were killed due to a claymore mine explosion triggered by the Army on the van they had been travelling at Pallamadu area in the Mannar district.

However, the military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara denied such an operation by the Army. "We do not operate deep penetration units. They must have been killed in our operation in Adampan (Mannar) yesterday (Saturday). We destroyed six LTTE bunkers there and found six bodies including two females of LTTE," Nanayakkara told Xinhua.

Restrictions on the operation of deep penetration units by the Army figured as one condition in the February 2002 ceasefire agreement between the Tamil Tigers and the government.

Under the DPU operations the Army units deployed themselves in the LTTE controlled areas under cover and carried out assassinations. The Army has repeatedly denied such operations.

The ceasefire agreement is now set to come defunct on January 16 in 10 days time. The government has already given the 14 day notice required to abrogate it.

During the near six years of its existence, both sides were accused of its violations, most of which was blamed on the LTTE, including the assassination attempts on the Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka and the Sri Lankan President's brother Gotabhaya Rajapakse who is the top civil servant overlooking the military campaign against the rebels.

- Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka

1 comment:

  1. The LTTE is continuing to eliminate its secondary tier, to allow for Velu's son's ascension to the leadership position.