Tamil Tigers may attack Lankan civilian ships

Published on Mar 06, 2007 12:06 PM IST
The warning was put out by the Voice of Tigers radio, reports PK Balachandran.
HT Image
HT Image
None | ByPK Balachandran, Colombo

The LTTE on Monday asked civilians not to board Sri Lankan vessels plying between Trincomalee and Jaffna as it had taken a decision to attack such vessels with immediate effect.

The warning was put out by the Voice of Tigers (VOT) radio, and had appeared in the pro-LTTE websitewww.puthinam.com and the Tamil daily Sudar Oli also.

The LTTE said that civilian vessels would become a legitimate military target if they were suspected of carrying Sri Lankan troops also.

It accused the armed forces of using civilian vessels on this route to transport troops and munitions in the hope that the militants would not attack passenger vessels with civilians on board.

"Because we are going to take immediate steps to disrupt the movement of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces in the sea, civilians are advised not to board any such vessels," the LTTE said.

Lankan offensive against LTTE heartland feared

Meanwhile, the LTTE's political wing leader, SP.Tamilselvan, told the visting Norwegian Ambassador, Hans Brattskar, in Kilinochchi that the Sri Lankan government was massing troops in the Weli Oya region to launch a "major offensive" against the LTTE in Mullaitivu district.

Mullaitivu district, north of Trimcomalee, is the LTTE's heartland as on date.

Tamilselvan went on to say that the LTTE had placed its own for forces "on high alert" across the Wanni region (which includes Mullaitivu) following the build up by the government troops.

"Colombo would plunge the entire island into a bloody war by engaging its troops in this dangerous exercise," he warned.

He charged that the international community was giving only "lip service" to peace but was actually giving military assistance to the Sri Lankan government, ignoring the "disastrous humanitarian situation" in the Tamil-speaking North-Eastern Sri Lanka, which the Rajapaksa government had created.

LTTE ready for opinion poll

When asked about the Sri Lankan government's claim that the LTTE could not be the sole representative of the Tamils of the North-East because 54% of the Tamils of this area lived in government-held territory, Tamilselvan said that the LTTE was "fully prepared to support an opinion poll administered by the international community" on this issue.

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • A salvo of rockets is fired from Gaza City towards Israel, on Sunday. 

    Five more killed in Gaza amid truce reports: Health ministry

    Five more people were killed in Gaza on Sunday evening, the enclave's health ministry said, amid reports a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian militants may be imminent. "Thirty-six martyrs, among them 11 children and four women, and 311 injured," the health ministry said, raising the death toll in the Palestinian enclave from 31 since fighting began on Friday.

  • A Chinese military jet flies over Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province.

    China keeps up pressure on Taiwan with fourth day of drills

    China said Sunday it carried out its fourth consecutive day of military drills in the air and sea around Taiwan in the wake of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the self-ruled island, despite international calls to calm the tensions. The People's Liberation Army said the exercises focused on testing its long-range air and ground strikes. It did not say if it will continue the drills after Sunday.

  • United States President Joe Biden. 

    US Senate poised to pass Biden's cornerstone climate and health bill

    After months of negotiations, the US Senate looks poised to pass Joe Biden's grand climate and health care plan, channeling billions toward ambitious clean energy goals in a hard-won victory for the president ahead of midterm elections. "I think it's going to pass," the Democratic president, who recently recovered from a second bout of Covid-19, told journalists Sunday morning in a brief appearance on the White House lawn.

  • A Chinese military jet flies over Pingtan island, one of mainland China's closest points to Taiwan, in Fujian province on Saturday. Taiwan accused the Chinese army of simulating an attack on its main island on Saturday, as Beijing continued its retaliation for US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's Taipei visit. (AFP)

    China concludes Taiwan drills with ‘island saturation attack’, ‘bomber deterrence flights’

    China's People's Liberation Army on Sunday carried out “island saturation attack drills” and “bomber deterrence flights” as it concluded an unprecedented four-day military drill around self-governed Taiwan, launched in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's visit to the island last week. The Taiwan-focused drills, which took place in six zones around the island, encircling it, began Thursday though advance drills had begun earlier.

  • People get off a coach at an entrance of Atlantis Sanya resort in Sanya, Hainan province, in November. (REUTERS)

    China’s Hainan starts mass Covid testing, imposes more lockdowns

    China's southern island province of Hainan started mass Covid-19 testing on Sunday, locking down more parts of the province of over 10 million residents, as authorities scramble to contain multiple Omicron-driven outbreaks, including the worst in capital Sanya, often called “China's Hawaii”. The number of cases in the province, rapidly spreading across the island located on the South China Sea, has crossed the 1100-mark from August 1 until Sunday noon.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, August 08, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now