LTTE leader pays tribute to Black Tiger commandos on Vavuniyaa mission

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 September 2008, 04:16 GMT]
Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) Leader Velupillai Pirapaharan on Thursday paid his last respects to the ten Black Tiger commandos, who laid down their lives during the Tiger operation on the Vanni headquarters of the Sri Lankan forces (SF HQ). LTTE officials told media that the LTTE leader paid his last respects with garlanding the photographs of the Black Tigers and by lighting the flame of sacrifice at an undisclosed location in Vanni. The Tiger mission destroyed the infrastructure of the joint operations command of the Sri Lankan forces in Vanni in the early hours of Tuesday.

LTTE leader paying homage to Black Tigers
LTTE leader paying homage to the ten Black Tiger commandos killed in action on Vavuniyaa mission, at an undisclosed location in Vanni. [Photo: LTTE]


LTTE leader paying homage to Black Tigers
Mr. V. Pirapaharan garlands the 10 Black Tigers killed in the attack on Vanni SF HQ. [Photo: LTTE]
LTTE leader paying homage to Black Tigers
LTTE leader and Black Tigers paying tribute to fallen Black Tigers [Photo: LTTE]
Five of the ten Black Tiger commandos on Vavuniyaa mission were females.

Tuesday's attack was the second combined attack by the Black Tigers and Air Tigers of LTTE's Tamileelam Air Force (TAF).

The LTTE's Col. Kiddu artillery corps took part in the combined mission in which Tigers pounded the infrastructure of the Vanni SF HQ for two hours with more than 120 shells. Sri Lankan military officials said the artillery fire guided with pinpoint accuracy by the Black Tigers, had devastated the Vanni SF HQ.

Last year, Black Tiger commandos stormed the Sri Lankan airbase in Anudradhapura in LTTE's first combined Black Tiger and TAF attack, destroying more than 10 air crafts.

More than 350 Black Tigers have laid down their lives, most of them in sea operations, during the last 21 years since 05 July 1987, when the first Black Tiger Captain Miller, drove an explosive laden truck on Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops garrisoned at Nelliyadi Central College in Vadamaraadchi in Jaffna.

Black Tigers on Vavuniyaa mission
Black Tigers who attacked the Sri Lankan SF HQ for Vanni with LTTE leader Velupillai Pirapaharan. Five of the ten Black Tiger commandos are females, headed by Lt. Col. Mathiyazhaki. [Photo: LTTE]


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