Military Intelligence last week revealed a major battle plan by Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to cause widespread destruction in Colombo. The plan involved attacking several critical locations in Colombo simultaneously using aircraft, suicide bombers and sea tigers. Targets included the Colombo Harbor, Kolonnawa fuel storage complex and Kelanithissa thermal power plant.
A group of 53 LTTE cadres were given special training for this operation. Part of the group was divided into 5 attack teams each consisting of 5 cadres. The teams were assigned the following tasks:
Team 01 travels to Mattakkuliya from Wanni.
Team 02 travels from Arippu (Mannar) to Puttalama and then to Grandpass.
Team 03 travels to Colombo from Tincomalee by train. They are yo stay in Piliyandala awaiting further instructions.
Team 04 travels to Negombo from Mannar. They will then move to a safe house in Maligawaththa which will be prepared by a Tamil politician.
Team 05 travels to Batticaloa from Wanni. They will then travel to Colombo by train and stay in safe houses located in Dehiwala and Wellawaththa.
In addition to the above 5 attack teams, 3 more support groups were to be stationed in Mount Lavinia, Waththala, Alwis Town, Navinna and Mattakkuliya. Two more LTTE cadres were to be placed in the top floor of St Jones market to shoot down any incoming SLAF aircraft.
When LTTE attack teams launch a two pronged sea born attack on the Colombo harbor, LTTE aircraft were to bomb Kelanithissa Power plant and Kolonnawa fuel storage. LTTE teams were also instructed to destroy containers in harbor. When teams in Colombo attack the targets, LTTE artillery was to shell the Army HQ in North.
After the attack, LTTE units exit through the road near St. Antoine's church, Kochchikade. LTTE cadres who receive injuries were to be treated in a safe house in Alwis Town. Then a Tamil politician will escort the attack groups to a safe house in Navinna. After a week, they will be taken to LTTE controlled areas in Vavuniya.
Lucily for the nation, LTTE plan was busted by Military Intelligence when they captured 'Ariwamoodan' who was tasked with gathering intelligence for the operation. He also revealed that LTTE teams were to approach target locations in an Ambulance and a van used for school transport.