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 Post subject: Lob a grenade for 1000 rupees, If u die we give 50000 - LTTE
 Post Posted: Wed Jun 01, 2005 5:26 pm 
Tigers in Eastern Sri Lanka turning civilians into mercenaries

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The Tigers are paying civilians to attack government forces in Sri Lanka's volatile East, security sources said today.

According to the Special Task Force(STF), a special Police unit providing security in the Eastern province, the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) has approached civilians, pressurising them to lob grenades at sentry points resorting to the same tactics applied by them in the Northern theatre.

Though there have been no face-to-face battles between the government and the LTTE since a ceasefire agreement ended 20 years of bitter separatist bloodshed, the two sides are accusing each other of conducting a war by proxy.

The government accuses the LTTE of using civilians as pawns, while the Tigers are blaming the government for using the break-away Karuna faction to attack the rebel group.

The STF claims that a person who is willing to lob a grenade at the sentry points are paid Rs. 1,000 (US$10) and in case he is killed in action, his family has been offered Rs. 50,000 (US$500).

The LTTE has also offered Rs. 10,000 (U$100) monthly for volunteers, who provide information with regard to the movements of the troops attached to the STF Sagama Camp.

STF stated that of late, the LTTE is plagued with numerous problems in the East, due to various reasons, and the unit managed to neutralise several plans of attacks on their troops and was able to get close to the masses, during the recent turbulent period.

The STF believes that it has earned the wrath of the LTTE due to these reasons.

In the backdrop of this situation several sources have revealed that the LTTE is intending to plan attacks on the STF troops while on patrols.

Detecting a pressure mine meant for STF troops on May 7, thwarted the plans of the Tigers, the force claim.

In another development, a group identified as Sangiliyan Group distributed leaflets in the Tsunami displaced centers in Thirukkovil area on Sunday warning the inmates of the centers to refrain from associating with STF personnel and such people will be dealt severely, which the government sources say.


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