150 LTTE cadres including child soldiers killed in one month - LTTE
Three obituary posters found by troops operating in
the Mannar battlefront have revealed details of 150 LTTE cadres,
including more than 20 child soldiers, killed in one month. According to
defence sources, the posters were found on a billboard at a recently
captured office of an LTTE regional leader in the Karakakulam area.
The three posters contain details of 50 LTTE cadres on
each, including their name, rank and the unit that they had been
attached to. However, no ranks were mentioned against 30 cadres who
appear very young in their early or mid-teens. According to the details
mentioned on the posters, the LTTE cadres were killed at various
locations in the Jaffna and Wanni theatre of operations from 17th
February to 10th March this year.
A defence intelligence official speaking to defence.lk
said that many of the LTTE cadres on the poster must have been those
forcibly led into the battle by the terrorist leadership.
"The pictures of teenagers and children show the LTTE
is still using child soldiers despite its attempts to cover up the
existence of its shameful baby brigade", he said.
"There were pictures of 5 self-styled "Lieutenant
Colonels", 9 "Majors", 14 "Captains", 51 "Lieutenants", 41 "Second
Lieutenants" and 30 others without any rank, on the posters", he added.
Speaking further he said the idea behind the posters
might have been to convince the parents of those killed that their
children had been given very high status or rank in the terror outfit.
" It is a well known fact that LTTE is forcibly taking
young children from their parents to be trained as terrorists. So,
aggrieved parents are now rallying against the LTTE leadership in the
Wanni for robbing their loved ones from them", he added. Earlier,
reports declared by the UNICEF have accused the outfit of recruiting
over 2000 children to its ranks through coercion campaigns carried out
in the non-liberated areas.
Following are the obituary posters of the 150 LTTE
cadres killed, including those believed to be child soldiers.