Sri Lanka army warns Tamil Tigers as bloody attacks spike

Sri Lanka’s outgoing army chief on Monday accused Tamil Tiger rebels of trying to provoke the military with a series of truce-breaking attacks that killed 12 people over the weekend. Sri Lanka’s outgoing army chief on Monday accused Tamil Tiger rebels of trying to provoke the military with a series of truce-breaking attacks that killed 12 people over the weekend. Lieutenant General Shantha Kottegoda warned the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that the army could now defeat them, despite repeated failures in the past.

He said the LTTE had stepped up organised attacks against government forces in the former rebel stronghold of Jaffna in a bid to draw fire from the military.

“I am very confident that with the training we have done in the past three years we are better prepared today than we were before the ceasefire,” the general said, referring to the February 2002 truce with the rebels.

“Our troops will be able to fight and defeat them.”

Kottegoda, who retires as army chief Monday, said the Tigers may resort to more hit-and-run style attacks in order to minimise losses to their own cadres following a split in the rebel outfit in March last year.

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