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Incidents involving Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)


  • December 11: At least two persons are killed and 15 others sustain injuries during a bomb blast at the end of a concert by Shahrukh Khan, an Indian film actor, in the capital Colombo.

  • November 26: Two Sri Lankan Army soldiers are attacked and severely wounded by the LTTE. According to an Army spokesperson, the two soldiers were on their way to the Army camp when they were attacked at Nunawil in Chavakachcheri, Jaffna.

  • November 24: LTTE cadres abduct the secretary of the Governor of North-East, S Amirthalingam from Trincomalee.

  • November 18: Suspected LTTE cadres shot dead an army intelligence officer and a Tamil civilian in Polonnaruwa, 85 kilometers northwest of Batticaloa.

  • November 17: A 'political worker' of the LTTE is shot dead by unidentified gunmen at Valaichenai, 32 kilometers north of Batticaloa.

  • November 4: A former member of the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam, Velayutham Dayalakumar, is shot dead by suspected LTTE cadres at a Colombo suburb.

  • October 25: The pro-LTTE website, Tamilnet, reports that a suspected cadre of the 'Colonel' Karuna faction was shot dead and two others were injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire in the predominantly Tamil suburb of Wellawatte in Colombo.

  • October 20: LTTE cadres shot dead a suspected member of the 'Colonel Karuna' faction at Anpuvallipuram, a Tamil settlement, three kilometer off Trincomalee.

  • October 19: Suspected LTTE cadres shot dead former Tamil National Alliance Member of Parliament, Kingsley Rajanayagam in the Kalviyankadu area of Batticaloa town.

  • October 17: An ex-LTTE cadre, Sinnavan Maheswaran, is killed in a grenade attack carried out by suspected LTTE cadres in a high security suburb of Batticaloa town.

  • October 12: Announcing the launch of a political party, Tamileela Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, the former military 'commander' of the LTTE, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias 'Colonel' Karuna, tendered his "apologies to the Tamil people" for past killings and asserted that he would "never leave the liberation struggle." Karuna also claimed that his former leader, V. Prabhakaran, was "solely responsible" for the Tamils not reaching the LTTE's goal of Tamil Eelam.

  • October 9: The LTTE have recruited 1,424 children, out of which 45 have been abducted during the last 28-month truce period ending August 31, while 359 adults were abducted during the same period, said a spokesperson of the SLMM.

  • October 2: The pro-LTTE website, Tamilnet, reports that LTTE cadres of the 'Jeyanthan Regiment' attacked a group of heavily armed paramilitary cadres belonging to the 'Colonel' Karuna faction at Omadiyamadu, northwest of Batticaloa, killing two and wounding three.

  • October 1: A close associate of 'Colonel' Karuna, identified as Ruben, is shot dead by a LTTE 'special jungle warfare unit' operating in Kulaththu Madu near Vakaneri, 40 kilometers north of Batticaloa.

    Several hundred Muslim civilians in Mannar reportedly set fire to and destroyed two LTTE political offices at Pesalai and Mannar following the murder of a Muslim civilian on September 30.

  • September 29: Five LTTE cadres and a civilian are killed during clashes between the warring factions of the outfit in Batticaloa district.

  • September 27: Suspected LTTE cadres shot dead a member of the Eelam People's Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF-Varathar faction), Valli Sundaram, on KKS Road between Maruthanamadam and Inuvil in the Jaffna district.

  • August 24: An associate of the rebel LTTE 'commander' Karuna is shot dead inside the Akkaraipattu court premises, 64 kilometers south of Batticaloa.

  • August 20: The pro-LTTE website Tamilnet has reported that two leaders of the outfit were shot dead and two cadres injured in the eastern Batticaloa district during an ambush by unidentified gunmen, allegedly supporters of the expelled military 'commander' of the outfit, 'Colonel' Karuna.

  • July 31: An anti-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam intelligence operative, Kandiah Yogarasa (better known as `PLOTE Mohan') was shot dead on Duplication Road in Colombo city by suspected LTTE cadres. Mohan, who joined the People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) in 1983, had left the group in 1994, and emerged as a key anti-LTTE operative. More recently, he was reportedly linked to the military's Long Range Reconnaissance Patrols before the February 2002 ceasefire agreement was signed.

  • July 25: Seven suspected cadres of the LTTE faction led by 'Colonel' Karuna and a Sinhalese person are shot dead at a house in Kottawa, 15 kilometers from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

  • July 9: Two cadres belonging to the 'Colonel' Karuna group were allegedly executed by the LTTE at Illupadichchenai in the Batticaloa district. Balasundaram Sritharan and Thillaiampalam Suthanthirarajan were reportedly arrested earlier on suspicion of carrying out attacks on LTTE members and supporters in the east.

  • July 7: A woman suicide bomber of the LTTE blows herself up at the Kollupitiya Police station next to the Sri Lankan Prime Minister's official residence in Colombo killing herself and four police personnel and injuring nine persons.

  • July 5: A LTTE cadre is shot dead and three others, including a senior political functionary, were wounded in two separate incidents in the Batticaloa district of eastern Sri Lanka. The shootings, carried out by unidentified gunmen, occurred on the day when the LTTE held its annual commemoration for its 'Black Tiger' suicide cadres throughout the northern and eastern provinces.

  • May 31: A senior journalist, G. Nadeshan, is shot dead by suspected LTTE cadres at Manmunai junction in the Batticaloa district.

  • May 30: The Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil dismisses demands for a review of the proscription on the LTTE and stated that the ban would continue. "Our stand is already there (ban on LTTE), what is there will remain." India had outlawed the LTTE in 1991 after the outfit assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in the State of Tamil Nadu and the ban was recently extended for a further period of three years.

  • May 24: An Eastern University lecturer, K. Tambiah, is shot dead at his residence in Batticaloa town by unidentified gunmen. The killing is reportedly seen as a fall-out of the factional fighting within the LTTE that erupted since the rebellion of the outfit's former 'special commander' for Batticaloa, V. Muralitharan, in March 2004.

  • May 20: According to the Colombo-based Daily News, a LTTE cadre was killed in an explosion in the outfit-controlled area of Aalankerni in Batticaloa district.

  • May 15: The United States Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs, Christina B. Rocca, says in Colombo that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam "will remain'' in Washington's list as a "foreign terrorist organisation'' until it renounces violence and terrorism in "word and deed.''

  • May 9: A Lance Corporal attached to the Sri Lanka Army Intelligence Unit is shot dead by suspected cadres of the LTTE at Thandamveli in the Batticaloa district. April 26: A suspected LTTE cadre blew himself up when a bomb believed to have been attached to his body exploded at Polattapitiya. Police also found a 2 1/2 kg claymore bomb, a hand grenade and a forged passport of the suspect alongside the dead body.

  • April 25: The LTTE alleges that seven of its cadres were killed in Batticaloa district by cadres loyal to the renegade faction headed by 'Colonel' Karuna'.

  • April 13: The UNICEF facilitates release of nearly 150 child soldiers by the LTTE in Sri Lanka's eastern region.

  • April 9: At least 22 people are reported killed as heavy fighting erupted between the LTTE factions of Velupillai Prabhakaran and Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias 'Colonel' Karuna near the Verugal River, 78 Kilometers from Batticaloa.

  • March 11: The Reuters has reported that LTTE breakaway leader 'Colonel' Karuna has denounced the outfit's leadership, saying they were no longer the sole representatives of the Tamil people. Karuna said that LTTE chief Velupillai Prabhakaran lacked the leadership to bridge the gap the two sides were facing. "I cannot see any positive leadership qualities in him (Prabhakaran) now. He took some improper steps, which is not a characteristic of a good leader," Karuna said.

  • March 10: Spokesperson for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's caretaker Government, Prof. G. L Pieris, said that the Government would not exploit the current situation in the east to gain political mileage. He added that his Government would not interfere in Karuna's matter because it is an internal affair of the LTTE.

    The SLMM has ceased patrolling in areas held by breakaway LTTE 'Eastern Commander' Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias 'Colonel' Karuna in Batticaloa and Amparai, as Karuna reportedly insisted on a fresh ceasefire agreement with the Government. "For the time being we are not patrolling in the areas claimed to be under Karuna's control", said SLMM spokesperson Agnes Bragadottir and added that, "Karuna says he is not bound by the truce agreement".

  • March 8: Life in Batticaloa, Amparai and Valachchenai in the East, came to a standstill as shops, schools and government offices were closed reportedly as a mark of support to breakaway Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam Eastern 'Commander' Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan alias 'Colonel' Karuna, media reports stated. Reports added that there were several mass demonstrations in Batticaloa, Amparai and Valachchenai in solidarity with Muralitharan.

  • March 5: According to Daily News, the split in the LTTE widened with their break away Eastern Commander 'Colonel' 'Karuna reportedly taking over the LTTE apparatus in the Batticaloa and Amparai districts. The report stated that Ramesh, Karuna's deputy, had been replaced by 'Rabat', while Karikalan sacked by LTTE chief Prabhakaran had been reinstated by Karuna as the political wing leader of Batticaloa, replacing Kausalyan.

    In a letter published in Thamil Alai, the daily published by LTTE from Kokkaddicholai, 15 kilometers southeast of Batticaloa town, Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, better known as 'Colonel' Karuna, suggested an administration structure for Batticaloa parallel to the other divisions of the LTTE functioning directly under Prabhakaran's command. "I want to function directly under you, avoiding the divisional heads of Thamil Eelam," Karuna said in the letter to his leader.

  • March 1: An activist of the Eelam People's Democratic Party, identified as Ponniah Yogendran, is reportedly shot dead by suspected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam cadres at Valachchenai in the Batticaloa district.

  • January 9: Three people are killed and 38 others sustain injuries when a hand grenade allegedly lobbed by two LTTE cadres exploded at a funeral house in the LTTE-held Vakaneri area of Batticaloa district.

  • January 5: Four LTTE cadres, between 15 and 17 years of age, who had trained at the Thoppigala LTTE camp surrender to the Kandegama police.





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