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 Post Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2007 12:53 am 
Suicide bomber spills the beans

Kanagaratnam Jeewaratnam has undergone comprehensive training which included suicide tactics, commando training, marksmanship, intelligence gathering and training to handle explosives. The LTTE had purchased a lorry for transporting bombs and weapons with funds that came from Switzerland to a person called Murali, a resident of Trincomalee. Jeewaratnam had transported bombs and weapons from Vanni to the east more than twenty times during the early years of the Ceasefire Agreement.

By Tissa Ravindra
@ The Nation /Sunday July 08th, 2007


Kanagaratnam Jeewaratnam a resident of Point Pedro is said to have joined the LTTE in 1993 while he was still schooling. He had sat for his G.C.E A/L in the year 1994 the investigations revealed. It has further been discovered that Jeewaratnam had undergone training in intelligence gathering and was later transferred to the Nunawil Medical Camp for further training. He was trained under a female Tiger leader known as “Doctor Auntie’ for three months. He had been later relocated to Vavuniya in 1995 after the army captured the Jaffna peninsula. While in Vavuniya, Jeewaratnam along with 51 others had undergone specialized training in intelligence gathering.

Jeewaratnam had been given the nom de guerre ‘Muththu’ after his training in Vavuniya. The investigators have also discovered that Jeewaratnam has undergone comprehensive training which included suicide tactics, commando training, marksmanship, intelligence gathering and training to handle explosives.

After completing his training Jeewaratnam had arrived in Colombo on an intelligence gathering mission and spent ten days. It has now been revealed that Jeewaratnam shot and killed a person called David, a member of PLOTE. He is also believed to be involved in the killings of two army intelligence members Nafir and Ratnayake. Jeewaratnam has also been actively involved in recruiting young men to LTTE from Hatton and Nuwara Eliya areas.

Meanwhile he had also started a business to transport tea to the Vanni region and Trincomalee. Investigations revealed that Jeewaratnam had befriended a person called Michael who had entrusted him to distribute fish in Chilaw, Colombo, Wennappuwa, and Kandy.

According to the information divulged by Jeewaratnam, the LTTE had purchased a lorry for transporting bombs and weapons with funds that came from Switzerland to a person called Murali, a resident of Trincomalee.

In the year 2004 the lorry had been partitioned and modified in order to transport explosives and weapons. This freezer lorry was utilized to transport Claymore mines and other weapons from Wennappuwa where these munitions were unloaded from trawlers at sea, sources said.

Jeewaratnam had transported bombs and weapons from Vanni to the east more than twenty times during the early years of the Ceasefire Agreement while he had also transported more than a thousand kilos of explosives and a number of AK 47 assault rifles to Karadiyanaru in Batticaloa.

At the time of detention the freezer lorry was packed with C4 explosives in a manner to be triggered by a single switch connected to the wipers of the truck. It has now been revealed that Jeewaratnam had come to Wennappuwa and stayed for ten days with Michael, his business partner. After awaiting orders from his leaders in the Wanni as to the intended target of the bomb, Jeewaratnam had returned to Trincomallee since he did not receive any such specific instructions.

It has now come to light that army intelligence had been on the lookout for Jeewaratnam for sometime since his activities had aroused suspicion. On June 29 he was arrested along with his freezer lorry on a tip off. Security forces believe that a great tragedy was averted by the timely detection of the explosives laden lorry.


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