Bunker babies: Latest Tiger ruse
COLOMBO: The LTTE has resorted to new tactics to tarnish the Security
Forces' image by allowing their female cadres to take their children to
bunker lines on the Forward defences, Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya
Nanayakkara said yesterday.
The Brigadier added that the LTTE's latest tactic was evident from
the recoveries made by the Security Forces after capturing LTTE bunkers
in the Uyilankulam cross loading point in Mannar yesterday.
"A number of baby items recovered from these bunkers clearly indicate
that the LTTE has allowed their female cadres to take their children
with them when they are engaged in manning their bunkers," the Brigadier
The Brigadier said the LTTE has changed its earlier policy by
allowing their cadres to get married and have now allowed to take their
children with them to guard bunkers. "The LTTE's intention is to tarnish
the Security Forces' image by taking the message to the international
community that children get killed when troops launch attacks on Tiger
bunkers," he added.
The Brigadier said ground troops confirmed that three bodies of
female cadres recovered from the Mannar area were of female cadres aged
16 to 17. "There are indications that on a daily basis civilians in
Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu witness funerals as a large number of cadres
get killed by the Security Forces," he added.
Many civilians flee uncleared areas seeking protection in the cleared
areas even after paying off their lifelong wealth for those facilitating
their safe passage, he said.
"A 10 member family arrived in Mannar from Vedithalthivu after paying
Rs. 150,000. The life long savings they had were paid to a boatman
seeking a better life in cleared areas," the Brigadier added. According
to statistics, 133 Tiger cadres have been killed during the past one
week during confrontations with troops in the Wanni front and in Jaffna.
"Seven Security Forces personnel were also killed and 45 injured
during this period," he added.
Beware of magnet bombs
COLOMBO: Military Spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara appealed to
the public to be vigilant when leaving vehicles parked unattended as
intelligence reports warn that the LTTE may resort to their latest
tactics of fixing magnet bombs on these vehicles.
"Search your vehicles before getting into the vehicle when parked at
isolated places and unattended by anybody", Brigadier Nanayakkara added.
He said intelligence reports indicate that the LTTE may resort to
tactics of fixing magnet bombs to vehicles as they have failed in their
attempts at exploding bombs to create mayhem in Colombo.