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 Post subject: Soosai wounded, son killed
 Post Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:15 pm 
LTTE suffers major setback; Soosai wounded, son killed

Sources said on July 18, while Soosai was busy inspecting a Sea Tiger exercise on the Nanthikadal lagoon, south of Mullaitivu, a boat located next to the boat he was standing on had exploded, killing his son and body guard. On Saturday 21st, the funeral of Soosai’s son, identified as Shankar, took place witnessed by a large gathering.

@ DM/ Tuesday, July 24, 2007
By Sunil Jayasiri


Leader of the Sea Tigers, Soosai, was reported to be critically injured in an explosion in an uncleared area south of Mullaitivu few days ago while his five year-old son and his body guard were killed, Wanni sources revealed.

Sources said on July 18, while Soosai was busy inspecting a Sea Tiger exercise on the Nanthikadal lagoon, south of Mullaitivu, a boat located next to the boat he was standing on had exploded, killing his son and body guard.

Soon after the blast, Soosai had reportedly been admitted to the Ponnambalam Hospital in Kilinochchi, they said. On Saturday 21st, the funeral of Soosai’s son, identified as Shankar, took place witnessed by a large gathering.

Reports say that following a heated argument a clash occurred between some cadres loyal to LTTE Leader Prabhakaran and some of Soosai’s men.

The LTTE however denied any such incident had taken place, and claimed it was just a rumour being spread.


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 Post subject: Soosai escapes blast
 Post Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2007 3:11 pm 
Soosai escapes blast

@ LakBimaNews/Sunday, August 05, 2007

Intelligence sources have now confirmed that Sea Tiger chief Colonel Soosai alias Thillayampalam Sivanesan has survived, unscathed from a blast in the Nanthikal lagoon, South of Mullaitivu.

Earlier reports said the sea Tiger chief was injured and his five - year- old son identified as Shankar killed, in an explosion on July 18 which occurred while Soosai was inspecting a sea Tiger training exercise South of Mullaitivu.

Intelligence reports confirmed that an explosion took place, but said Soosai has escaped the blast unscathed.


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 Post subject: Soosai ‘surfaces’ after accident at sea
 Post Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:02 pm 
Soosai ‘surfaces’ after accident at sea

Shankar was killed. So was a bodyguard. Three other cadres were seriously injured. Others sustained minor injuries. Soosai himself sustained major injuries, mainly on his back, neck and back of the head. He was reportedly in a coma.
@ LL/Source The Nation / 30Sep2007

Thillaiambalam Sivanesan alias Soosai, whose wireless code sign is Sera Oscar, had ‘surfaced’ after going off the public radar for more than two months.

The reason for this ‘absence’ was attributed to an accident at sea. But the LTTE’s deafening ‘official’ silence about the incident had led to much speculation and controversy. Soosai’s dramatic appearance on September 26 will at least help disprove some of the rumours surrounding his accident.

Soosai in his speech referred briefly to his accident. He pointed out that a motor vehicle attempting to turn suddenly without changing gear at a speed of more than 100 km per hour would overturn. Likewise, a speedboat too would do so at sea.

This is what had happened, Soosai said, and observed that he had lost his son and a bodyguard. Three other cadres and he had been injured. Soosai praised the LTTE’s medical unit and thanked it for his recovery.

Soosai also charged that certain state-sponsored elements had exploited the incident and engaged in false propaganda against the LTTE. Though people in the homeland were not taken in, the Tamil diaspora had been confused and upset.

It was on July 18 that the purported accident occurred. The Sea Tigers had received four new boats. They were being tried and tested off the Wattawagal coast. Soosai himself was aboard one of the new boats with his youngest child.

The five-year-old son, Shankar was named after his maternal uncle Sathiyanathan alias Shankar of Kambarmalai. Shankar was the first LTTE cadre to die due to combat.

Soosai was very attached to his son Shankar and was in the habit of taking him along wherever he went. Shankar was seated on the new boat with his father when the accident happened on that fateful day. Apparently one speedboat overturned and collided with another. There was also an explosion.

Shankar was killed. So was a bodyguard. Three other cadres were seriously injured. Others sustained minor injuries. Soosai himself sustained major injuries, mainly on his back, neck and back of the head. He was reportedly in a coma.

Soosai was taken to the Ponnambalam Nursing Home in Puthukudiyiruppu. Thereafter, he was whisked away to an undisclosed location to be treated by the LTTE’s medical unit.

Since first publicity about the episode came from government circles, it was widely believed that an explosive had been triggered by the newly formed penetration squad of the navy.

Soosai’s son’s funeral was held on July 21. Soosai was conspicuously absent. It was said that Soosai was still in a coma, but this led to a wave of fresh rumours.

There was also a report that a Tamil surgeon from a Western country had tried to go to the Wanni and attend to Soosai, but was refused permission. The story gaining ground was that the explosion was caused by Pottu Amman’s boys and that Soosai had been taken away from the Ponnambalam Nursing Home by intelligence cadres and detained.


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