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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2673

Karuna group ambushes and kills fleeing Tamil Tigers

Colombo, 22 January, ( Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal (Karuna Group) claimed that they ambushed a group of 50 Tamil Tigers cadres fleeing from Vaharai to their hideouts in Thoppigala jungle and attacked them, killing 13, injuring two and arresting three.

According to Azad Moulana spokesman for the Tamil Makkal Viduthalai Pulikal, TMVP cadres led by its commander Riyaseelan chased the fleeing Tigers and attacked them in a very brief confrontation. He said that this incident took place at 5.30 AM morning on Sunday, at Kirimichchamkulam.

He further said that they have captured -

T 56 assault rifles - 23

50 caliber anti-aircraft gun – 1

RPG’s - 3

Rocket Launcher – 1

He revealed that two TMVP teams are waiting in ambush to attack those fleeing LTTE cadres from Vaharai towards the Tiger jungle base in Thoppigala.

Azad Moulana also told ‘Asian Tribune’ that TMVP leader has received intelligence reports indicating that the Tiger leader, Col. Sornam, alias Soosaipillai Joseph Anthony Das, fled to Vanni three weeks ago. TMVP intelligence reported that Sornam was last seen three weeks ago with a group of LTTE cadres near Kurankupaanchan Palam.

Col. Sornam was on top earlier when he chased Karuna Group out of the Verugal river. On 10 April, 2004. during the good Friday attack after a major fight with the Karuna faction in Mavadichenai, north of Verugal, the Northern Tiger platoon led by Swarnam was able to chase the Karuna faction out of the area and take control of the entire stretch from Sampur to Mankerni. In the attack 142 cadres of Karuna group were killed.

Inthe latest ronds of fighting between Tigers and the Government forces senior Tiger commanders -- Colonel Bravo Bahnu, Colonel Ram, S. Elilan, Trincomalee district political leader -- have fled to Vanni for their own safety leaving the low level Tigercadres to bear brunt of the Sri Lankam military fire power.

- Asian Tribune -

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