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LTTE in a nerve-gas attack on the Sri Lankan troops

Sri Lankan troops who are only four kilometers away from the Kilinochchi town are wearing gas masks to protect themselves from the nerve-gas attacks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. As predicted by the Asian Tribune, LTTE has launched the nerve- gas attack, as its last resort, which once hailed as secret weapon by late Anton Balasingham, LTTE’s ideologue.

According to sources in the Sri Lanka Army, LTTE who are fighting desperately a losing battle have started attacking troops with CS (2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile) gas. It is said that it is a substance that is used as a riot control agent and is generally accepted as being non-lethal substance if it is not mixed with any other chemicals.

Already Asian Tribune in its 02 January 2006 issue warned of the manufacture of nerve gas by the LTTE. Asian Tribune pointed out that, "Latest intelligence reports are also concerned about the use of thermo baric weapons against the Security Forces. The Tamil Tigers are suspected of having used thermo baric weapons in its latest attack on 23 December, to kill 13 Navy personel at Pesalai." President Mahinda Rajapakse a key target : Balasingham threatens use of "Special weapons"

According to the latest report, LTTE cadres are reported to be filling locally made grenades with CS (2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile) gas and firing them from grenade launchers at the troops.

Intelligence had been received in advance of such a gas attack.

Accordingly, Directorate of Military Intelligence has intimated this to all field commanders and Army Headquarters has dispatched gas masks to soldiers in the front line.

On Sunday and Monday (September 28 and 29) troops wearing gas masks battled with LTTE cadres.

Unlike in past battles advance intelligence has been extremely useful in the present battle.

By Ruwan Weerakoon ~ ~


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