Since the former Eastern province LTTE leader of Karuna Amman left the LTTE, in March 3, 2004 around 284 people have bene killed in clashes between the Wanni LTTE and the Karuna Amman group called the Eastern Tigers Organisation.
The first attack took place before one year ago at the Verugal river bank in Vakarai.
After he left the LTTE, Karuna Amman set up a separate organisation, the Eastern Tigers Association and they challenge the LTTE leader Prabakaran.
The Karuna Amman group since then has killed 119 Wanni Tiger cadres including several top rankers like Kaushalyan and six other top supporters. The Wanni Tigers has killed 6, Karuna Amman cadres and 36 civilian supporters of Karuna.
The last attack by the Karuna faction in Welikanda killed 13 Wanni cadres. Following this attack Wanni Tigers have launched major operations in the Vakarai uncleared area against the Eastern Tigers.
Civilians in the Vakarai are told ?The Island? yesterday that because of the on going LTTE Wanni faction operation, civilians face many inconveniences and also fear death. Many civilians have already been killed in those clashes. Among the dead were 62 unarmed civilians all killed by the Wanni Tigers, security sources told the Island yesterday (25).
Civilians living in Vakarai close to the Welikanda area had seen Wanni LTTE members carrying dead bodies of their members, after Karuna Amman?s men attacked them.
The two LTTE factions clashed on the anniversary of their break up at Werugal river banks on March 11. Security sources said many on both sides have been killed by that clash, though actual number were not known.