Major LTTE attack foiled, says Indian Coastguard
INDIA: India’s coastguard said it had foiled a major attack
when it seized a boat belonging to the LTTE packed with weapons,
bomb-making chemicals and a suicide belt.
Officials said five men including a top LTTE cadre were on the boat
when it was captured late Tuesday off the south coast of India.
“We have averted a major militant operation,” coast guard Regional
Commander Rajendra Singh said late Wednesday, adding that the boat
contained a “huge amount” of chemicals for making bombs.
“The suicide belt could blow up a large area so our preliminary
assessment is that it was meant to cause destruction at a big temple
celebration,” said Singh.
LTTE boats have in the past been captured off India’s Tamil Nadu
coast carrying weapons bound for the Tigers in Sri Lanka. But this boat
was carrying “dangerous arms and ammunition” towards the coast of Tamil
Nadu, which has a predominantly Tamil population, he said. Two Indian
fishermen were also arrested.
“The complete picture will emerge only after intelligence agencies
complete their questioning of the arrested men,” Singh said. “It turned
out to be a fibreglass boat with five men on board and no fishing gear,”
Earlier this week, the Indian Navy caught a boat loaded with
materials for making landmines and other explosives procured in southern
India. The craft was bound for weapons factories in northern Sri Lanka,
a police source who did not wish to be identified told AFP.