Face-to-face with a human bomb of Sri Lanka
It was known how the late tamil Tiger terror group missused tamil youths to blow them self, but now an interview with a brain washed black tiger reveals his background story. Some key persons of this terror act are living in the west and has got more infomations about the rest of balck tiger cadres. Could this knowledge be a danger for them? (BT)
Face -to-face with a human bomb of Sri Lanka Thursday, 30 July 2009 - 1:36 AM SL TimeOne day, while I was on my way to the local shop at Puthukkudyiruppu [on Sri Lanka`s east coast] to get our rations, the LTTE took me forcibly for training. That is how I became a child soldier. After nearly two years of training, they gave me permission to visit my family. I went home and when I met my sisters and brother, I persuaded them to continue their studies. But I decided to become a `Black Tiger` [the LTTE`s suicide-bombing corps].
The LTTE had a concept that if any person from a family joined the organization as a suicide cadre, the other members of the family would not be recruited into the organization--and the family would be treated as a "Maveerar Family" [Hero family] and provided for in regard to all their needs.
This fact prompted me to decide [that this was] the best way to protect my family -- to protect my sisters and brother from being recruited, and at the same time drawing respect from others toward my family.
To accomplish a suicide mission, one needs not only the human bomb, but a handler. The handler takes the bomber to [the capital of ] Colombo or the other [target] area. Another person transports the suicide kit separately from the handler. Once the bomber is safely established in the area, he or she prepares for the mission.
Meanwhile, LTTE intelligence cadres gather information on the target, and pass it to an overseas contact. The suicide bomber gets the exact details from the overseas contact to carry out the mission. This is how the LTTE's Black Tiger suicide network operates.
When the Suicide Bomber Is a Woman
The suicide-bomber vest was the brainchild of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers — the design has since been used by Hezbollah, Hamas, and reportedly al Qaeda, and its murderous effects are felt daily in Iraq. The vest was first worn in May 1991, when Thenmuli Rajaratnam, best known by her nom de guerre, Dhanu, blew up herself and 18 bystanders seconds after draping a welcome garland of flowers over the shoulders of India’s prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi
another Failed suicide bomber,
Menake waits in her concrete cell
in Sri Lanka's maximum-security prison.
Photo Credit: Mahesh Bhat
Menake is hesitant to talk about her life in the LTTE. “Maybe there are Tamil Tigers inside here,” she says nervously, through an interpreter. It’s not an unreasonable fear — the terrorist organization has successfully infiltrated Sri Lanka’s army and police force. As she speaks, three miniature security cameras, monitored by two technicians at computers behind a screen, capture her every word and movement. “I’m frightened if I talk to you, they will find out and kill me. My life is at stake. Maybe one day I will walk out of here, and then what will happen to me?”
The irony of a suicide bomber fearing for her life is not lost on either of us. “I was fed up with life before I was caught,” Menake says, her voice so low I have to strain to hear her. “But now, I feel I could lead a normal life. I want to live, not die.”