India Intelligence Report

LTTE Strikes after Ban Call


A day after the Sri Lanka called on the international community to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it deployed a suicide bomber to assassinate a senior decorated military commander seen as a hawk wanting stricter action against LTTE. A female suicide bomber pretending to be pregnant entered a high-security area and jumped into the car of Chief of Sri Lankan Army Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka while detonating the strapped on bomb. Sri Lankan Government sources said that 10 people died and 29 were injured in this terrorist incident. Fonseka himself is critically injured and is intensive care unit. 

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said, “The LTTE has clearly sent a message that its intention is not to settle issues through dialogue.” He accused it of creating “a communal clash between the Sinhalese and Tamils” and said that his Governments “desire to achieve peace and out sense of responsibility should not be mistaken for weakness.” A Government statement that this attack is another example of the LTTE’s “callous disregard” for the ceasefire even while promising peace to European interlocutors.


Initial reports said that the army clashed with the LTTE using its Navy, Air Force, and artillery but stopped action by the afternoon. There were no details on casualties and the attacks do not mean a return to Civil War. 

The Sri Lankan Government had asked for the international community to ban the LTTE for not continuing to participate in the ongoing peace negotiations. This act of violence is seen as a demonstration of its capability to strike in the heart of the nation at the most valuable targets in the most heavily guarded environments.