It is reported that a senior leader of the LTTE s was killed in what is believed to be an SLAF strike in northern Sri Lanka. Lt. Col. Gadaffi, an experienced sea-tiger leader, who planned and executed LTTE s attack last week on a navy supply vessel anchored in Trincomale was believed to have been caught up in this air raid. Gadaffi was in charge of training suicide cadres of the sea tigers and was a close confidante of LTTE leader, Pirabakaran. At the funeral ceremony held in Mullaitivu, sea tiger leader Soosai is reported to have stated that Gadaffi was one of the most experienced sea tiger officers and was entrusted with operating boats and logistics for LTTE leader Piarabakaran s travels.
LTTE is reported to have lost another senior leader in an SLAF strike on a training camp in Kilinochchi district. Lt. Col. Vaikunthan, who at one point led the LTTE s artillery division, was killed in an SLAF strike three days ago. The funeral services were held in Mulliyawalli on Tuesday where several senior LTTE leaders spoke.
Although LTTE did not reveal how Vaikunthan and Gadaffi were killed, funeral services for them were held in Mullaitivu on consecutive days. Tamil residents in the area say although several LTTE cadres were killed in the recent weeks, LTTE publicly acknowledges only the deaths of their most senior cadres.