Sri Lanka Tigers honour 241 suicide bombers

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers Tuesday marked the 18th anniversary of their first suicide attack with a military parade and religious services to honour 241 who perished in similar attacks, the rebels said. Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers Tuesday marked the 18th anniversary of their first suicide attack with a military parade and religious services to honour 241 who perished in similar attacks, the rebels said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were commemorating 177 men and 64 women known as Black Tigers who have carried out suicide missions since the first strike against an army camp in the Jaffna peninsula in 1987.

“The main ceremonies are in the Mullaitivu district,” a rebel spokesman in the Tiger political headquarters of Kilinochchi said by telephone.

A Tiger rebel identified as Captain Miller drove an explosives-laden truck into an army camp in the Jaffna peninsula on July 5, 1987, killing himself and 40 government soldiers in the rebels’ first kamikaze-style attack.

The Tigers have since become known for their trademark suicide bombings and have been blamed for the suicide bombing assassinations of former Indian premier Rajiv Gandhi and Sri Lankan president Ranasinghe Premadasa.