Tigersâ€™ Delft plan goes awry as Security Forces enhance vigilance
Claymore exploded in Colombo to divert Forcesâ€™
attention from North-East
prime aim of the LTTE was to create panic among the public in Delft
island as they were well aware of the fact that they cannot hold the
area facing Security Forcesâ€™ resistance.
LTTEâ€™s DESPERATE MEASURES: The LTTE broke a month-long silence
yesterday with a major attempt to overrun the Navy detachment in Delft
island in the wee hours of yesterday and making yet another attempt to
create panic among the public by exploding a claymore mine targeting an
Army bus in Colombo.
The events unfolded yesterday as Security Forces and also the public
were on alert about a pending air attack by the LTTE targeting a
security or economic nerve centre in Colombo or in the North or East.
Through these attacks the LTTE once again displayed their
unpredictable nature of their missions and also their
The scene at Reclamation Road, Colombo. Pictures by Rukmal Gamage
and Chaminda Hittettiyege.
desperation to boost its image at a time the Tiger presence is
shrinking to a limited part of the North East in the face of Security
The incident in Delft in the wee hours of yesterday clearly indicates
that the LTTE has not given up their idea of capturing Jaffna, which is
considered the nerve centre of their activities.
The Security Forces, though not precise about LTTE attacks, were on
alert about desperate missions by the Tiger outfit as they were in total
desperation now that they have totally lost control over the population
in the Jaffna peninsula.
Their attempt to launch an attack of this nature, with the intention
of overrunning the defences in Delft island was a reaction to their
failed attempt to antagonise the civilian population against the
However, Naval troops foiled the attempts made by the LTTE for a sea
borne attack on the Naval troops on guard at the Delft island with Naval
troops detecting the suspicious Tiger boat movement in the sea off
Pooneryn on Wednesday midnight.
The signals detected by the Navy indicated the movement of 18 LTTE
boats and Dvoras identified that six out of the 18 were suicide boats.
Around 100 Sea Tiger cadres have come on boats with the intention to
infiltrate their cadres into the island and create panic among the
public in the island.
The Naval troops at the Navy detachment at the southern tip of the
Delft island fired at two boats which had tried to beach at the Delft
island and deploy their cadres.
One suicide boat exploded due to naval fire and another armed craft
was destroyed close to the Naval detachment.
As the fierce fighting continued, the Navy lost communications with
one of the guard points at the Naval detachment when it came under Tiger
But heavy firing by the Navy foiled the main objective of the LTTE to
deploy their cadres in the island. The battle again switched to the sea
as Dvora swere engaged in fleeing the Tiger boats.
The arrival of reinforcement by this time, compelled the LTTE to
withdraw from the area along with their damaged boats amidst heavy
resistance from the Navy.
The Dvoras fired at the fleeing Tiger boats and at first light the
Navy called for the assistance of fighter jets of the Sri Lanka Air
Force to destroy the fleeing Tiger boats.
The fighter jets engaged the fleeing Tiger boats which were about to
land at Nachchikuda, destroying three of their boats. Two boats had
caught fire in the air attack, according to the pilots of the fighter
As the fighting ceased by yesterday morning the Navy carried out a
search operation in the island in search of the sailors who had lost
communications with others and also to check whether Tiger cadres had
infiltrated the area.
During this search operation Naval troops found four injured sailors
and the bodies of the four sailors killed during the confrontation.
Naval troops in action
However, the Navy denied the statement made by Tiger spokesman
Ilanthirayan that the Navy camp was overrun by the Sea Tigers, killing
According to the Navy only one guard point was destroyed in the Tiger
The Navy, through the intercepted radio transmissions of the LTTE
confirmed that 18 Tiger cadres had perished in the Sea battle off the
coast of Delft island.
The prime aim of the LTTE was to create panic among the public in
Delft island as they were well aware of the fact that they cannot hold
the area facing Security Forcesâ€™ resistance.
However, the Security Forces were in preparation to face this type of
attack by the LTTE as the Tigers had made several attempts earlier to
infiltrate Kayts island with the intention of capturing Jaffna.
The Tiger outfit is making use of this tactic to infiltrate Jaffna as
this is the easiest way to infiltrate Jaffna peninsula and create mayhem
using minimum force.
The LTTE hierarchy is well aware that it would be a costlier task for
them to infiltrate highly fortified FDLs at Muhamalai, Kilaly and
Nagarkovil at this juncture as they are running short of manpower.
Deploying a bigger number of cadres for such a task would definitely put
them in a disadvantageous position considering the battle front in Madhu.
The defeats faced by the LTTE in the Eastern theatre also positioned
them in a most disadvantageous situation as much needed manpower is not
available with them at this decisive juncture in which their strongholds
in the Wanni are due to fall into the hands of the Security Forces.
What the LTTE wanted at this decisive juncture was not to win the
hearts and minds of the Tamil community but to keep the Tamil community
under their fold to be used as a shield to prevent attacks by the
The frequent mortar attacks launched on Omanthai and Uyilankulam
entry exit points during the past one week clearly demonstrate the
LTTEâ€™s intention to keep the Tamil people under their fold as they were
sure their territory would soon be challenged by the Security Forces.
The International Committee of Red Cross withdrew from Omanthai and
Uyilanakulam entry exit points considering the security of their
officers on duty.
They observed the way the LTTE forcibly kept Tamil civilians in their
areas against their will despite the
Troops with cache of weapons recovered through search operations
Government taking steps to open the entry exit points ensuring
the freedom movement of the Tamil people.
An incident that took place on Monday revealed how Tamil youth are
challenging the LTTE daring the guns directed at them to cross into the
cleared areas through Omanthai entry exit point.
The two Tamil youth aged 26 and 27 who had waited for more than 12
hours at the Omanthai entry exit point to seek clearance from the LTTE
to enter cleared areas, crossed the checkpoint in their van as they
realised it was useless to wait there to get their permission.
The Tigers opened fire at the fleeing youth amidst the presence of
the ICRC observers. However, the two youth reached the Omanthai entry
exit point amidst Tiger fire. It was a clear indication that the LTTE
was keeping these civilians against their will.
However,the Tiger outfit will see a large number of civilians daring
the guns of the Tiger cadres seeking their freedom from the Tiger cells
in the coming months as witnessed in the East with the launch of
operations by the Security Forces to free the Tamil civilians from the
The Security Forces should keep this pressure continuously if they
are to see an end to the terror acts of the LTTE. They should keep this
pressure without losing the ground they have captured in the East to the
LTTE and also without giving any room for the LTTE to infiltrate these
territories to disrupt normal civilian life.
The Security Forces in the East are now engaged in the task of
flushing out such threats from these newly liberated areas.
The Special Task Force and the Army on Wednesday carried out such an
operation in Eravur and came out with a big haul of weapons of the LTTE.
They killed eight to 10 Tiger cadres who had infiltrated the area
mingling with the civilians.
According to Security Forces there are a large number of armouries
yet to be uncovered in the newly liberated areas and their recovery
would help restore civil administration in these areas. If they remain
uncovered, it would help unarmed LTTE cadres to infiltrate these areas
to havoc using these arms and ammunition.
Therefore, the conduct of such operations by the Security Forces has
put the LTTE cadres in a more desperate situation in the East and they
now have a dire need to take the attention of the Security Forces away
from these areas.
The claymore mine explosion at Reclamation road, Colombo Fort
targeting a bus taking soldiers relieved of their duties at Security
Check points in an around Colombo was such a desperate act perpetrated
by the LTTE.
The bomb targeted the Army bus carrying soldiers close to
Wimaladharma roundabout at Reclamation road.
One soldier injured in the claymore attack succumbed to his injuries
after being admitted to the Colombo National hospital and three other
soldiers and three civilians sustained injuries in the claymore attack.
Though initially it was suspected as a suicide mission by motorcycle
riding suicide cadres it was later revealed as a claymore attack.
The claymore mine had been placed on the handle of a motorbicycle
parked at Reclamation road and detonated using a remote control device.
The bomb had struck the upper part of the bus body due to the angle
the claymore mine was placed on the handle of the motorbicycle.
Fortunately only four soldiers were in the bus at the time of the
explosion which was used to transport nearly 20 to 30 soldiers to the 23
SLNG camp at Mattakkuliya.
Police investigations are now on to detain the person who had
detonated the bomb using a remote control device. The most alarming
factor behind this incident concerns the place where it had happened.
The incident took place few metres away from the main gate of the
Colombo Port and it has been suspected that the person who had detonated
the claymore mine could have been hiding in a multi-storeyed building
closer to the scene.
Therefore, it is time to maintain vigilance as the Tiger outfit may
use this operation to launch attacks on the Colombo port using these
The Tigers also intensified their endeavours to bring international
pressure on the Government pressing for a just solution for the Tamil
grievances and inferring the human rights violations.
Under these circumstances it is incumbent upon the Security Forces to
make a united effort to intensify search operations, to foil attempts by
the Tigers to create mayhem in Colombo, to strengthen the victories
gained in the East.