blast inside LTTE Mannar
By Chris Kamalendran
A dawn incident in the LTTE-dominated Adampan area in Mannar, two
days ahead of Norway’s efforts to revive the peace efforts,
has sparked off a fresh controversy between the government and the
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
forces installations and police stations in government-controlled
areas heard a loud explosion at dawn yesterday, said Inspector Upula
Seneviratne, Officer in Charge of the police station at Murunkan,
18 km from Adampan. “It was so loud the entire ground shook”.
An army officer in Mannar said “I could easily feel everything
reports suggested an LTTE convoy had been ambushed.
Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission Chief Hagrup Haukland told The Sunday
Times that he made inquiries from the local LTTE leaders in Mannar
and the leadership in Wanni about the incident.
LTTE in the Wanni said they believed it was an explosion caused
during a celebration, but its Mannar cadres said it was a training
exercise,” he said.
The LTTE reportedly told the SLMM “not to bother investigating”.
Colombo rumours spread that LTTE political wing leader S.P.Thamilselvan
was caught in the explosion, but it was denied by the LTTE. LTTE
“police chief” S. Nadesan told The Sunday Times that
Mr. Thamilselvan was in Kilinochchi and that he had met him at 4
LTTE media also accused the Army’s Long Range Reconnaissance
Patrol of carrying out the attack. According to the Pro-LTTE website
Tamilnet, a seven-member group of the deep penetration unit of the
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) fled leaving their bags inside the LTTE-controlled
Adampan area when members of the Civil Volunteers Unit and LTTE
cadres counter-attacked them yesterday around 6 a.m., LTTE sources
in Mannar said. The bag recovered by CVU volunteers and LTTE cadres
was found with army uniforms, military boots and food packets, according
to the sources. SLA deep penetration group had entered the LTTE
held Adampan through Papamoddai via Thiruketheeswaram area. Papamoddai
area is also held by the LTTE.
LTTE sentry at Adampan said yesterday a group of persons walked
towards their sentry point in a suspicious manner and started attacking
them with small arms”.
military spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe denied reports that a deep
penetration team had entered an LTTE-controlled area to carry out
“We have not entered the uncleared areas since the ceasefire
came into effect,” he said.
a separate incident along the Mannar-Vavuniya road at Chettikulam
a Police post came under attack by the LTTE. A police constable
was injured in the incident. When police retaliated, two of the
attackers were killed. In Trincomalee a homeguard and a threewheel
driver were shot dead by the LTTE in Serunuwara while in Addalachchenai
two Tamil youths were abducted by an unidentified gang and hacked