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 Post subject: Vavuniya LTTE leader killed
 Post Posted: Wed May 09, 2007 2:22 pm 
Vavuniya LTTE head killed

@ The Island/DM/Agencies
Wednesday 9th May, 2007


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The Vavuniya District leader of the LTTE, known as ‘Mathan’, died in a clash with security forces yesterday morning. Policemen at checkpoint at Pandarikulam had observed two LTTE cadres coming on a motor bike and had fired at them. One of the cadres fell and the other had escaped. Later, on checking the identity of the dead LTTE cadre, police found that he was the Vavuniya regional leader Mathan, police sources said.

“We have found a suicide belt worn by the killed LTTE leader, who tried to attack a military foot patrol, yesterday morning,” a senior military official said.

He said the LTTE leadership had reportedly instructed their senior leaders to commit suicide activating the suicide belt if the military capture them. “I think the military opened fire before the Tiger leader could explode the suicide belt,” the official said. The LTTE leader who was riding a motorcycle fired at the military that retaliated killing the Tiger leader on the spot. Troops also recovered a T-56 weapon during the search operation.


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