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LTTE Destroys Sri Lanka Radar Installation -
- and finds India at Work

9 September 2008

[see also India & the Tamil Eelam Freedom Struggle - "Inter-state relations are not governed by the logic of  morality. They were and they remain an amoral phenomenon.." Jyotindra Nath Dixit Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka 1985 /89, Foreign Secretary in 1991/94 and National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister of India 2004/05, speaking in Switzerland, February 1998 ]

LTTE Destroys Sri Lanka Radar Installation
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 09 September 2008, 13:24 GMT]

Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has claimed that their Black Tigers destroyed the Radar installation inside Sri Lankan military's Vanni headquarters at 3:05 a.m. on 09 September, Tuesday. Thereafter, Tamileelam Air Force (TAF) aircrafts and Col. Kittu Artillery formation targeted the Sri Lankan Vanni HQ with the coordination of the Black Tigers, successfully carrying out the operation, the Tigers said, adding that the LTTE aircrafts safely returned to their bases after completing their mission. The communication facility with its tower, engineering facility, anti-aircraft weapon and the ammunition store at the Sri Lankan base were completely destroyed, the LTTE said.

Black Tigers who attacked the Sri Lankan SF HQ for Vanni with LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan. Five of the ten Black Tiger commandos are females, headed by Lt. Col. Mathiyazhaki.

The Vanni headquarters of the Sri Lankan forces and the headquarters of the Sri Lanka Army Special Forces (SF) for Vanni sustained heavy destruction in the attack, the Tiger statement issued in Tamil further said.

More than 20 Sri Lankan troopers were killed and many sustained critical injuries, the Tigers claimed.

10 LTTE Black Tigers laid down their lives in the special operation. Lt. Col. Mathiyazhaki, Major Aananthi, Captain Kanimathi, Captain Muththunakai, Captain Arivuththamizh, Lt. Col. Vinothan, Major Nilakaran, Captain Ezhilazhakan, Captain Akilan and Captain Nimalan were the Black Tigers, the LTTE statement said.

LTTE raid finds India at work -
Hindustan Times, Colombo, September 10, 2008

Flashback: Indian Commander visits Vavuniya SLA frontlines, 1 December 2005 "General Officer Commander-in-Chief of Southern Command Lt. Gen. B.S. Thakker Thursday visited the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) front lines in Vavuniya and discussed with SLA Commanders matters related to security."....

Eighteen years after India withdrew its peace-keeping force from Sri Lanka, two Indian radar operators were injured in an LTTE air raid on a Sri Lankan air force base in the northern district of Vavuniya early on Tuesday.

The radar operators belong to the Bharat Electronics Limited, and their presence confirms whispers of renewed Indian involvement in the Sri Lankan war against the Tigers. Between 1987 and 1990, some 1,200 Indian Army officers and men were killed while battling the Tamil rebels.

The LTTE attack came in two forms � an air raid by two light aircraft of the Air Tiger division and a ground attack by Black Tigers, or LTTE�s suicide squad. At least 20 combatants died.

The Sri Lankan military claimed to have shot down one of the two LTTE aircraft. But the rebels denied that and said both aircraft made it back intact.

The two Indian personnel were identified as A.K. Thakur and Chintamani Rout. They were flown down from the airbase near Vavuniya town, about 250 km from Colombo, to the Apollo hospital here. A doctor said neither had suffered life-threatening injuries.

It was learnt that Thakur and Rout were at the base to operate and train SLAF personnel in the use of Indra-I radar, used for mobile surveillance.


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