New chief of LTTE captured, handed over to Sri Lanka
COLOMBO – Sri Lanka’s ministry of defence says law enforcement authorities have the new chief of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in custody.
Kumaran Pathmanathan, (KP) who emerged as the new leader following the destruction of most of the LTTE leadership in Sri Lanka’s victory against the Tigers, is believed to have been captured in a South-East Asian country and handed over to Colombo.
“Most wanted LTTE terrorist for International Police (Interpol) and local security divisions, Kumaran Pathmanadan alias KP has been taken in to custody by Sri Lankan law enforcement authorities,” said the army’s website.
“The suspect is known to be responsible for cross-border terrorist activities of liberation Tiger of the Tamil Elam (LTTE),” it said. The army website said more information would be revealed about the capture.
Former LTTE leader Velupilai Prabhakaran was killed in the army offensive that also recaptured all of the lands the LTTE had declared as Independent Tamil Eelam in the north and east of the Island nation.
KP’s leadership has caused some cracks in LTTE solidarity, according to the same ministry of defence website.
One report says KP wanted immediate fund transfers collected by LTTE run businesses in Canada, the United States and the U.K.
An unconfirmed report carried by an Indian newspaper said KP was captured in Thailand and handed over to Sri Lanka on Thursday. It said the terror suspect was then flown to Colombo.
- will be updated.