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Archive for November 24th, 2007

A Group of LTTE cadres disguised as fishermen launched a diversionary attack on the Pesalai Police Station last morning (23). The Navy was not deceived by the diversion and successfully defended Mannar Island. Top Navy Officers confirmed  that the LTTE had attempted to seize a Navy Water Jet through the diversionary tactic. Government sources claimed 17 LTTE were killed, although the confrontation was not that fierce. No harm was caused to own troops. It is believes the attack was not a tactic but part of a much larger strategic objective of the Tigers in the area.

Meanwhile the Presidential Office has issued a statement objecting to the suspension of Pakistan from the Commonwealth of Nations yesterday. This statement was issued after a select committee of the Commonwealth took a unanimous decision to suspend Pakistan from the Commonwealth. Sri Lanka was also part of this group. Diplomatic sources indicated that Sri Lanka’s statement in support of Pakistan had come when neighboring India was also working towards the suspension of Pakistan from SAARC at a forthcoming meeting of delegates.

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Government has asked to remove some of international members of the UNICEF staff station in Colombo blaming that they had participated demonstration in the Capital,beyond their scope of legitimate functions,foreign ministry officials said.

Acting Foreign Secretary summoned the country representative of the United Nations’ Children’s Fund and demanded the removal of local members of the staff too who also took part in the demonstartion against the killing of two Red Cross volunteer workers few months ago.

The latest move against the UNICEF,is one of the series of controversy they faced within two weeks.

Sri Lanka Customs detained a container brought down by the UNICEF with a load of “Meals Ready to Eat”or MRE, after JVP raised suspicious over it saying that the food was brought to handed over to the LTTE.

The UNICEF denied the accusation by the JVP and said that it is normal routine to bring MRE for use of their staff working in emergency situation.

Earlier UNICEF was also blamed by the JVP-a nationalistic leftist party, which demand government should ban all UN officials visit to Sri Lanka in the future-funding LTTE through the TRO,the organization banned in Sri Lanka since this week.

UNICEF last week denied the JVP charges and said those remarks made their staff security in endanger.

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Yesterday morning at around 8, the sea going arm of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) opened fire on Pesalei police post on the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) held Mannar island. Sea tigers who had their boats hidden among fishing boats, launched a sudden attack with the element of surprise. However, thanks to the vigilance of SLN personnel guarding the area, LTTE objectives were not met. The fight endured for more than two hours until the tigers retreated towards Vidattaltivu. It is now believed that LTTE’s intenetion was to hijack a SLN Water Jet and drive it to rebel territory. No SLN troops were injured nor killed in the battle. According to MCNS, 17 LTTE cadres have been killed but other sources confirm the death of only 13 tigers.

(http://defencenet.blogspot.com)

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On the 22nd of October, the LTTE raided the SLAF airbase at Anuradhapura causing heavy damages to at least 18 aircraft stationed in the base. Earlier, it was assumed that 21 black tigers participated in the attack and all of them were killed. However, latest investigations have revealed that the actual number of tigers that participated in the attack is more than 21. It is now believed that at least two black tigers who took part in the attack managed to escape to Wanni unharmed.

Even before formal investigations, there were rumors that more than 21 suicide cadres took part in the operation. This rumor was fueled by a group photograph published in pro rebel Tamilnet.com web site. The photograph showed a group of 21 tigers posing with LTTE leader Prabhakaran, before their mission. However the photograph appeared to be cropped and it was evident that there were more than 21 personnel present. Deepening the mystery further, Tamilnet published a photograph on the 1st of November, which showed a black tiger who apparently took part of the mission being honored by the LTTE leader. Although the claims based on these photographs were blatant speculation, latest investigations have revealed startling facts. Due to many reasons we cannot explicitly state what the latest findings are but we have reliably learnt that at least two black tigers who took part in the attack managed to return safely to Wanni. It is also suggested that as many as 27 cadres were deployed in the area that night (whether or not all of them entered the bases premises is not confirmed yet).

Meanwhile pro LTTE media have released a video which claims to contain footage of the AAB attack (in fact this was released few weeks ago). First part of the video contains footage of LTTE cadres training on what looks like a small runway. The last part which is shot in the night, contains what is claimed to be footage of the attack. The authenticity of this video has not been verified as of yet.

(http://defencenet.blogspot.com)

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