Tigers lose senior fighter
by Norman Palihawadana
The LTTE yesterday admitted to losing
a very senior cadre in a battle against the armed forces.
‘Colonel’ Akbar was killed in the
fighting, LTTE spokesman Daya ‘Master’ told The Island.
He said the LTTE had set aside
yesterday as a day of mourning in Kilinochchi for their cadres
killed in fighting.
He said some injured soldiers,
admitted to the Kilinochchi Hospital, would be held in LTTE
The LTTE leadership will announce in a
few days their team for the proposed Geneva peace talks and the
Japanese Special Peace envoy Yasushi Akashi will be meeting the
LTTE political wing leader Thamil Selvan tomorrow (18) he said.
Defence Spokesman Brigadier Prasad
Samarasinghe said the SLMM and the ICRC have been requested by
the Government to secure the release of injured soldiers in the
custody of the LTTE.
The trawler carrying arms which
exploded after it was attacked by the Navy on Sunday was an LTTE
vessel, but the LTTE denying its ownership was a matter for
amusement he said.