Wednesday, June 4, 2008

17 injured in the bomb blast

18 civilians including 3 women were injured in the blast. Coastal railway service commenced a short while after the blast as usual.

At least seventeen persons were injured in today's bomb blast,which targeted a Colombo bound packed train in between Dehiwala and Wellawatta this morning. Railway track was damaged and one carriage of the train also had slight damages due to the explosion. An eye witness said a suspicious person ran away soon after the blast left behind a bag. Police found a remorte controller and some tools believed to be used to fix the bomb in the bag a senior official said.

23 comments:

TT said...

Pattern holds.LTTE claims DPU attacks civilians and then they bomb a civilian target in the south.

Ninja said...

//when LTTE says that no solution can be found by killing civilians and leaders, what it means is that it is going to kill more civilians and leaders in the future.//

//[June 03 (BBC) Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka say that the national question cannot be resolved by killing innocent civilians or political leaders...In an exclusive interview with BBC Sandeshaya, head of LTTE political wing, Balasingham Nadesan, denied any knowledge of killing civilians in the south.]

Fully agree. However, we all agree that it will be solved by killing all the LTTE leaders, cadres..//

As expected, after 'civilian killings' in wanni a bomb exploded in wallawaththe targeting a train. LTTE may not miss the next train. It seems LTTE expects another 83.

Also, LTTE don't need any 'excuses' such as 'civilian killings' in wanni to kill civilians in south. It may be mostly to set the ground for international media in their propaganda. Now int. media report this 'after 6 civilians got killed by SLA DPU.....

Moshe Dyan said...

"Now int. media report this 'after 6 civilians got killed by SLA DPU....."

yes; where the main focus would obviously be on the alleged "DPU attack" and not on the LTTE terror attack. in doing so, these media subtly try to project that LTTE has the upperhand and the govt. should not mess with them!

this can be reversed by carrying out another "DPU" or air attack and reporting as "this comes a few hours after a suspected tamil tiger attack on a commuter train..."

that cripple barbar(ian) tamillchelva was known as the 'smiling ass-ass-in'. nade-sun must be his superior!

su said...

The Ltte is choosing wellawatta Dehiwala area for attacks not only coz for the avilable terrorists, but try to make a 83 scenario on the backdrop...
But this time the Government would nt be as dumb as it was in 83...

R*fard&C*ble said...

LTTE is trying to create communal backlashes both in Colombo and East of the Country.

People should not fall into these traps.

If one bomb goes in rest of the country, SLAF should pound LTTE positions 50 times for each bomb goes in the South.

OneSpirit said...

I'd put my money on a Tamil student, attending University at Moratuwa, (studying either electronics or Computers) and staying at a hostel or apartment in Wellawatta (much like the Kotahena bomb maker). Just a hunch...

Sandun said...

"We Never Killed Civilians"
- LTTE Terrorist Leader Nadesan.


How Nadesan Lied BBC - YouTube Video

kaatikuddupaan said...

I heard about LTTE blackmailing tamil students in Colombo by saying to work for them or they'll kidnap their sister for conscription.

san said...

SLA mortar base neutralised in artillery fire - LTTE
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 04 June 2008, 10:41 GMT]
A key Sri Lanka Army (SLA) camp with its mortar launchpad at Ezhuthumadduvaa'l in the Northern Front was targeted by Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) artillery guns Wednesday morning from 10:00 a.m., LTTE officials in Vanni told media. Claiming that the mortar launchpad was neutralised in the attack, the Tigers said that the SLA had suffered heavy casualties in the artillery barrage.

Ezhuthumadduvaa'l camp of the SLA is located 3 km northwest of Mukamaalai Forward Defence Line.

Heavy explosions continued for two hours inside the SLA installation, according to the LTTE officials.
ANY TRUTH ABOUT THIS NEWS ITEM??

su said...

Defece.lk says,
The Terrorist is,

Name: Jatheesan Balasubramaniyam
Date of Birth: 1978.08.28

but we saw a Scientific calculator that has been with the other things left behind in his bag....

With this age he can not be a Uni student, why would he carry a Scientific Calculator???
(anyway His photo Should be posted in public places & he should not be allowed to run away to wanni..)
Any thoughts?

hemantha said...

"....All this is good news in its own right. Better yet, it explodes the mindless shibboleth that there is "no military solution" when it comes to dealing with insurgencies. On the contrary, it turns out that the best way to end an insurgency is, quite simply, to beat it."
-Wall Street Journal

click here.

Gringo said...

[If one bomb goes in rest of the country, SLAF should pound LTTE positions 50 times for each bomb goes in the South.]

Exactly.

That's how several countries have eliminated terrorism or manage to control terrorism on their soil.

Imagine if we had that national policy since day 1? No one wouldn't know what LTTE is.

The key to making that policy is TAKING HIGH RISK, display courage... and.... ACTION.

Thank goodness our present president has the spine to send a clear message to third parties trying to divide Sri Lankans to... FCUK OFF!

The country's interest must come first.

LK said...

The Wall Street Journal
There Is a Military Solution to Terror
June 3, 2008; Page A19
By BRET STEPHENS


Sadr City in Baghdad, the northeastern districts of Sri Lanka and the Guaviare province of Colombia have little in common culturally, historically or politically. But they are crucial reference points on a global map in which long-running insurgencies suddenly find themselves on the verge of defeat.

For the week of May 16-23, there were 300 "violent incidents" in Iraq. That's down from 1,600 last June and the lowest recorded since March 2004. Al Qaeda has been crushed by a combination of U.S. arms and Sunni tribal resistance. On the Shiite side, Moqtada al Sadr's Mahdi Army was routed by Iraqi troops in Basra and later crumbled in its Sadr City stronghold.

In Colombia, the 44-year-old FARC guerrilla movement is now at its lowest ebb. Three of its top commanders died in March, and the number of FARC attacks is down by more than two-thirds since 2002. In the face of a stepped-up campaign by the Colombian military (funded, equipped and trained by the U.S.), the group is now experiencing mass desertions. Former FARC leaders describe a movement that is losing any semblance of ideological coherence and operational effectiveness.

In Sri Lanka, a military offensive by the government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa has wrested control of seven of the nine districts previously held by the rebel group LTTE, better known as the Tamil Tigers. Mr. Rajapaksa now promises victory by the end of the year, even as the Tigers continue to launch high-profile terrorist attacks.

All this is good news in its own right. Better yet, it explodes the mindless shibboleth that there is "no military solution" when it comes to dealing with insurgencies. On the contrary, it turns out that the best way to end an insurgency is, quite simply, to beat it.

Why was this not obvious before? When military strategies fail – as they did in Vietnam while the U.S. pursued the tactics of attrition, or in Iraq prior to the surge – the idea that there can be no military solution has a way of taking hold with civilians and generals eager to deflect blame. This is how we arrived at the notion that "political reconciliation" is a precondition of military success, not a result of it.

There's also a tendency to misjudge the aims and ambitions of the insurgents: To think they can be mollified via one political concession or another. Former Colombian president Andres Pastrana sought to appease the FARC by ceding to them a territory the size of Switzerland. The predictable result was to embolden the guerrillas, who were adept at sensing and exploiting weakness.

The deeper problem here is the belief that the best way to deal with insurgents is to address the "root causes" of the grievance that purportedly prompted them to take up arms. But what most of these insurgencies seek isn't social or moral redress: It's absolute power. Like other "liberation movements" (the PLO comes to mind), the Tigers are notorious for killing other Tamils seen as less than hard line in their views of the conflict. The failure to defeat these insurgencies thus becomes the primary obstacle to achieving a reasonable political settlement acceptable to both sides.

This isn't to say that political strategies shouldn't be pursued in tandem with military ones. Gen. David Petraeus was shrewd to exploit the growing enmity between al Qaeda and their Sunni hosts by offering former insurgents a place in the country's security forces as "Sons of Iraq." (The liberal use of "emergency funds," aka political bribes, also helped.) Colombian President Álvaro Uribe has more than just extended amnesty for "demobilized" guerrillas; he's also given them jobs in the army.

But these political approaches only work when the intended beneficiaries can be reasonably confident that they are joining the winning side. Nobody was abandoning the FARC when Mr. Pastrana lay prostrate before it. It was only after Mr. Uribe turned the guerrilla lifestyle into a day-and-night nightmare that the movement's luster finally started to fade.

Defeating an insurgency is never easy even with the best strategies and circumstances. Insurgents rarely declare surrender, and breakaway factions can create a perception of menace even when their actual strength is minuscule. It helps when the top insurgent leaders are killed or captured: Peru's Shining Path, for instance, mostly collapsed with the capture of Abimael Guzmán. Yet the Kurdish PKK is now resurgent nine years after the imprisonment of Abdullah Ocalan, thanks to the sanctuary it enjoys in Northern Iraq.

Still, it's no small thing that neither the PKK nor the Shining Path are capable of killing tens of thousands of people and terrorizing whole societies, as they were in the 1980s. Among other things, beating an insurgency allows a genuine process of reconciliation and redress to take place, and in a spirit of malice toward none. But those are words best spoken after the terrible swift sword has done its work.

Write to bstephens@wsj.com
Link
Wall Street Journal Article

LKDOOD said...

39 LTTE cadres killed in Sri Lanka

LINK

LKDOOD said...

Air Force targets terror bunker defence on the Mannar warfront:

Sri Lanka Air Force MI 24 helicopter gunships pounded an LTTE bunker defence located in the East of Nadunkandal area, on the Mannar warfront this evening. According to the Air Force sources , the raid was carried out around 6.20pm as a close air support mission to assist troops moving ahead on the battlefront.

The sources further said that the targeted location was around 1 km ahead of the own defence. The target was accurately hit, the sources added.

defence.lk

Thoughtful Guy said...

aiyo why are people copy pasting from defence.lk ?? I m sure like me, most of you guys here check out defence.lk, defencewire, defencenet and maybe even tamilnet and tamileditors daily. So wht use of copy pasting.??
If u are going to copy paste, find some good article from james or strategypage to do so....
:-) Just a suggestion

mboi said...

there's nothing wrong with posting something here for the sake of discussion

Gini Appu said...

the reason people copy and paste is because they want to feel good, much like a pimple faced kid who sneaks into the bathroom with a copy of the dirty magazine he picked up at the used book store in maradana - its all about 'self gratification' and not about being constructive. why think when you can ask for more of the same...
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GoldenEagle said...

Read about China and India's covert struggle for control on the Indian Ocean, with Lanka right in the middle of it:

"http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/
2008/06/06/asia/AS-FEA-GEN-Indian-
Ocean-Intrigue.php"

londonistan said...

We all know by now that the LTTE resort these attacks when they have no military response to our military. You know the LTTE are cowards.

We will be betraying all those who have died at the hands of the LTTE if we do not press ahead with our battefield advantages/objective.

I'm also encouraged by the police setting a curfew. Reprisal attacks on innocent Tamils in Moratuwa (in my humble experience, more patriotic a lot you will be hard find anywhere!) should not be tolerated. We know this is what the LTTE is banking on.

Peace be to the dead, condolence to their loved ones and wishes of speedy recovery to the injured.

san said...

Government of Sri Lanka why our Airforce take an opportunity when this kind of disaster happened they can do some retaliation attack on LTTE headquarters in killinochci,
everybody in this blog knows that our government knows very well where is ltte coordinating offices and there police administration offices.we can see there entire administration system fails, we have to target these also not only bunker lines otherwise this war will drag another decade for sure

Sam Perera said...

LTTE appears to be reaching the final stages to unleash such mindless pure terror on civilians. I believe that our military should stick to the plan and others in the south should exercise utmost restraint to safeguard innocent civilians. If this terror bombs do something, that is further strengthening our resolve to eliminate LTTE terror.
Long Live Sri Lanka

bodhi_dhana said...

HI, a map of the welioya-Janakapura
area is given in
http://geocities.com/place.names/#welioya-map
That is so far the only map that I have
found for this area. If you have other maps, please report here.

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