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Army foils Tiger rebelsí disaster plan

By Tissa Ravindra Perera
Security forces arrested this week two Black Tigers who had tried to blow up Iranamadu tank, the biggest fresh water body in the Wanni and drown two Army brigades.

The army had also taken equipment, including three magnetic bombs, diving gear and a satellite phone which were buried near the tank on information elicited from two captured Tiger rebels.

The Military intelligence had tipped off the troops about the impending threat. As a result the army had intensified boat patrols near the tank. Both the Tigers had repeatedly dived into the Iranamadu tank in an effort to affix the bombs to the tank bund on January 25 and 28. However, they had been deterred by intense patrolling of the tank.

Their initial plan had been to destroy the dam and pave the way for an assault on the survivors by a group led by Sea Tiger Leader Soosai. However, following the unsuccessful attempts, they had surrendered themselves to the soldiers from the 17th Gajaba regiment. The rebels were in an exhausted state.

These details have come to light after the two surrendees were interrogated by the military intelligence.
In a similar operation, the LTTE blasted the Kolamadukulam Tank last Saturday with the hope of annihilating some of the troop contingents advancing on Vishvamadu area. It caused part of the A-35 highway to be flooded along with Dharmapuram and Vishvamadu. But Tiger attempts to isolate pockets of marooned soldiers from the 57 and 58 Divisions were thwarted as the army immediately deployed the reserve 53 fighting Division.

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