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LTTE unilateral ceasefire a bluff - Keheliya

The Unilateral Ceasefire declared by the LTTE is a total bluff as Tiger terrorists have made seven suicide attempts within 24 hours using human bombs, explosive laden truck, motorbikes and a double cab against the troops operating in Rettavaikkal, Government Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said yesterday.

Minister Rambukwella said Tiger cadres have blown off three human bombs, one explosive laden truck, three explosive laden motorbikes and a double cab to recapture the Rettavaikkal earth bund captured by the troops on Tuesday.

The Minister also pointed out that these attempts by the LTTE was a clear proof that the unilateral ceasefire declared by the LTTE was a total bluff.

On the contrary, Minister Rambukwella said the capture of the earth bund by the troops was clear indication that the Government has not ceased its humanitarian operation to rescue the remaining civilians trapped inside the No Fire Zone. “Our primary target is to rescue civilians and the Government will continue with that process. We have not offered any ceasefire,” the Minister added.

Minister Rambukwella said the Government took a decision to stop using heavy calibre guns and air raids, considering ground realities first as the use of heavy calibre weapons does not arise since troops are operating in a small area and secondly it was not practical to use those weapons at present. The Minister said the Government believes that there are about 10,000 to 15,000 civilians trapped inside the No Fire Zone.

 

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