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By Jamila Najmuddin


Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake revealed that according to intelligence reports, several LTTE suicide bombers had crossed over to Colombo following the war and their whereabouts are still unknown.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Mirror Online Prime Minister Wickramanayake said that the authorities were trying to trace these cadres and till such time they are found, the military would be on high alert.

“The matter of suicide bombers is a dangerous problem. If we cannot trace where they are then that means they are going all over. We do not know at what moment they will strike that is if they still have their weapons. Therefore we are on the alert,” the Premier said.

When questioned of a threat of an LTTE uprising, the Prime Minister added that according to the same intelligence sources, some Sri Lankans who were living overseas had been collecting funds but the reason for such a collection was still unknown.

“The same sources indicate that Sri Lankans who are living in foreign lands are getting together to collect funds. So whether these people are trying to group themselves there, I do not know,” Prime Minister Wickramanayake said.

He further said that according to intelligence reports, active LTTE cadres were still amongst the IDPs camps in the north which was one of the reasons why resettlement had been delayed. “Our intelligence indicate that LTTE cadres are still in the camps. This is why we have not been able to completely resettle the IDPs,” the Prime Minister said.

Army Commander Jagath Jayasuriya had also earlier in the month warned that the concept of Tamil Eelam had not died out against those harbouring it.

“Even at present those who had connections with terrorists and the Tamil Diaspora overseas are still discussing the possibility of establishing a state of Eelam according to information we received,” Lt Gen Jagath Jayasuriya had said.

Further stating that the Army has the responsibility to protect the country, Jayasuriya had said that a large number of troops in Northern and Eastern areas were deployed not for offensive duties but for observations or intelligence duties. (Daily Mirror online)


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  • Tuesday, 23 February 2010 06:34 PM

    I respect the intelligence of our DM readers and condemn the stupidity of these senile 'big shots.'

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 06:35 PM

    A ploy to extend 'emergency'?

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 07:50 PM

    All fake 'patriots' seem to be very happy ...

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 08:12 PM

    Just vote these people out of office!

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 09:19 PM

    Great 'boost' for the tourism industry and foreign investment ... 'Well done.' Mr. PM ? !

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:14 PM

    The same old 'raban pade.' Wicks and his gang have nothing more to show other than the WAR victory against the LTTE, at the upcoming election. They think that all Sri Lankans are idiots.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 11:29 PM

    Sir, I'm sure you wouldn't come out with this 'rubbish,' just to distract our attention from the main 'ISSUES' that our nation is faced with?

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 12:01 AM

    PM, without 'beating about the bush,' simply tell the people that you want to extend "emergency."

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 12:21 AM

    This latest statement has just lost the Sri Lankan tourist industry at least a couple of million dollars. Well done Sir!

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 12:24 AM

    One to kill SF?

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:08 PM

    India is asking for more proof of Prabakrans death. India is not beliving MR Gov. and they have all the reasons to belive Prabakaran has escaped and still alive.

    This guy is talking about suside attacks and bommers...

    Any one with a rite mind..do you think suside carders will expolore them selves if their leader is not alive???..there must be some one who is instructing them... who is this someone.???

    The bitter truth is comming out. Very soon people will realise the King had taken the entire country a ride....

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:16 PM

    Mr.R .W.please don't make fun on srilankan people...

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:16 PM

    We have experienced governments misused LTTE's name to achieve their targets. So, why cannot SF become a victim of so called terrorists.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:30 PM

    Then why the government declared to the nation in TV as well as in the Parliament that the terrorism is completely wiped out?

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:35 PM

    big up for d main man Ratnasiri. RASPECT

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:40 PM

    They usually do come to Colombo everytime an election is held.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:40 PM

    The gove should take full responsibilty for this...The Galant Army Commander crushed the LTTE Militarily and who let them out ???????

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:40 PM

    As long as even a single Tamil live in that Island, this kind of statements will continue;

    You will hunt for Tigers now, and Lions in the future.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:48 PM

    What a joke, still using the word 'LTTE' as one of the tactic to get more votes from the peoples? it wont work longer, concentrate on development and try to win the hearts of the peoples

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:49 PM

    Election bomb by dictators

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:52 PM

    ANOTHER GOOD EXCUSE TO EXTEND EMERGENCY REGULATIONS INDEFINITELY. ALWAYS CREATING FEAR PSYCHOSIS

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:54 PM

    Election Gimmicks!!!!

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 03:59 PM

    Will we need Sarath Fonseka to fight a war once again ??

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 04:13 PM

    No wonder. How intelligence know their 'whereabouts' because they are busy doing opponent arresting, locking-up press offices, searching places illegally, threatening monks and opponents, maintaining white van fleet, so and so. Pl do not disturb intelligence PM, their duties changed since you come to power. Don’t you know?

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 04:19 PM

    Ha, Ha, Ha, We all are under the impression that LTTE armed core is no more.

    Dear, PM - this is yet another electon 'gilmart:

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 04:23 PM

    I thought that LTTE is no more as Mahinda Rajapaksa shouted in the meetings.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 04:26 PM

    ohh is it??? i forgot, general elections in April?? r u people planing to do something???

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 04:39 PM

    All cooked up stories. What do you think that we are fools.
    We know SF has done it's duty towards the country, and there will not be any bombs in this country, thank to SF.
    May God Bless Him.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 04:46 PM

    ratnasiri,
    why do you want to make statements of this nature when MR very well said the terrorism is over.
    Do you want more votes ? or 2/3 majority ?
    looking for ltte carders is govt job and we public have done enough to help you out in the war situ. Now don't talk crap during this election period.

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 04:47 PM

    Well few days back they took all opp ministers security off and now scaring them off by saying suicide bombers ! what intelligence you are talking about Mr. PM

    we see suicide bombers with iron pole though ....

    Tuesday, 23 February 2010 04:51 PM

    Opersition bewere, possibility of govt. organised bomb to get rid of the opersition and blame it on the LTTE.

    Wednesday, 24 February 2010 08:39 AM

    AND THE SECURUTY FOR THE MP'S REMOVED. IS THE GOVT PLANNING TO GET THE OPPOSSION KILLED BY THE LTTE SUICIDE BOMBERS WHILE THEY ARE CANVASSING ETC


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