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Akuressa bomber, convert Muslim trained in Malaysia

By Gayan Kumara Weerasingha
@ LBN / 04 Oct 2009


Officials conducting investigations on the Akuressa bomb attack on Minister Mahinda Wijesekara and others, suspect that the suicide cadre who executed the attack was trained in Malaysia.

The suicide cadre, Rathnasingham Navanesan was a resident of Achchuveli, Jaffna. Born in 1981, he had studied upto GCE O/L, joined the demining NGO, Hello, and worked for them as a deminer from 2000 - 2003 in the Jaffna peninsula. The police have found no clue that he went to Vanni during this period. His father is in the United Kingdom while his only brother is also abroad. He had lived with his mother Chandrawadana Rathnasingham in Jaffna. .

Tiger terrorist identified as Morris who was arrested at Wellawatte recently had given this information to intelligence sleuths. Morris had planned and executed the bomb attack on Minister Jayeraj Fernandopulle and also the aborted assassination attack on Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

The police investigation team arrested the mother of the suicide cadre in Jaffna. At the interrogations she had claimed that her son was not connected to the LTTE. But looking at the face on the corpse of the attacker she recognized that it was her son and accepted that it was he who executed the suicide attack in Godapitiya. Dr W Abeywickrema of the molecular faculty of the teaching hospital, Ragama, conducted a DNA test to affirm the relationship between her and the attacker.

According to information Chandrawadana revealed at interrogations, her son had resigned from the NGO with the intention of going to Switzerland and was given a sum of Rs 2,200 000 by his father. He had given the money to a foreign employment agent and had left for Colombo with his mother to leave for Switzerland. But the agent had deceived him and sent him to Malaysia on a forged visa in 2003 where he was caught by the Malaysian defence units and imprisoned.

He had returned to Sri Lanka after serving his sentence in Malaysia and had lived in Colombo for a while with his mother. During his stay in Colombo they managed to regain half the amount the agent cheated them of, with the help of the EPDP.

They had stayed in Colombo till 2007 when her son had tried to make his dream come true again. He had been to India, Singapore and Thailand during this period and had returned to Sri Lanka from Malaysia two days before the Akuressa bomb blast. This time he had returned as a Muslim. On his return he had stayed at a house in Wellawatte and had travelled to Godapitiya in the morning of the fatal day with Morris - a handler of suicide cadres and Siddique the cook of the Army Commander Gen Sarath Fonseka, who played a major role in the attack on the commander.

The three had travelled to Godapitiya in a three wheeler and the bomber had put on the suicide kit on the Weligama beach, hiding behind a boat. Then he went to Godapitiya. Although police have all information supported with evidence, they haven’t yet been able to answer the questions why, how, and when he joined the LTTE as a suicide cadre.
The police suspects that he joined the LTTE during his imprisonment in Malaysia and became a suicide cadre in that country.

Police investigations continue.

A police official involved in the investigations said that if this cardre had obtained the training abroad, that points out a dangerous situation. According to him the whole operation had been executed from France.



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