The Mission of Truth -2
Striking the very best in humanity; LTTE's attack
on World Heritage Site
the first part of our mission, we brought our readers a true story,
which was about to be buried unknown to the entire world, unless the
defence.lk team had dug deep into the incidents to find ground
information on crimes against humanity committed by LTTE.
We confidently bring you the truth,
nothing but the truth; it is said that the truth is stranger than
fiction. They are perfectly grounded on evidences, but not just merely
fabricated stories or allegations.
This is a story of the LTTE's brutal
attack on the most Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic in the ancient city
Kandy in 1998. The Temple, which houses the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord
At 6:10 am on 25th January 1998, suicide
carders of the LTTE exploded a massive truck bomb at the entrance to the
Sri Dalada Maligawa (the most Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic) killing 8
persons including 2-year old infant and injuring about 25 others, all
peaceful innocent civilians, who were on their way to offer alms at the
temple that morning.
The savagely cruel and violent actions
that were characteristic of the LTTE terrorists reached their highest
levels with this ghastly event of bombing the one of the most sacred
places of veneration of Buddhists across the world.
The entire world leadership had
condemned the bomb blast on the sacred place; a UNESCO designated World
The UN itself had condemned the outrage,
day following the incident. The Spokesman on behalf of UN
Secretary General Kofi Annan, New York, stated on 26 January 1998, "The
Secretary General UN has learnt with outrage of the news of a bomb
attack on a major Buddhist shrine in Kandy, Sri Lanka and the resulting
loss of life and destruction. As he has done on many occasions, the
Secretary General strongly condemns the use of terror tactics in all
circumstances. He deplores attempts to divide human beings on religious
and ethnic grounds."
Also, the UNESCO Director General Mr.
Federico Mayor's reaction to this tragedy is noteworthy. He said "I am
deeply shocked by this act of blind violence perpetrated against a place
of meditation, joy and peace. All religions are based on love and
respect for life. Attacking a holy place means striking the very best in
humanity, undermining its innocence and purity. Those who attack people
through their faith can only be condemned. Religious differences can
absolutely not be justification for conflict, and places of worship
should in no case be used as targets."
One can wonder how a group of savage
terrorists once deplored by the same institution, say that they have
disciplined fighters. This is indeed a very paradoxical situation.
However, the truth will remain unchanged and we let our readers to
decide once again on such motives.
To be continued >>
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