Unconfirmed intelligence reports from uncleared areas in the north have suggested that the LTTE sea tiger leader Soosei is recovering from the injuries he received in the boat explosion. Soosei was critically injured when a boat near his vessel exploded during a sea tiger training exercise. He received minor injuries to his chest and his left arm was seriously injured due to shrapnel damage.
Soosei is currently being treated in a hospital in Mullaithiv area under the close observation of sea tiger cadres loyal to him. The incident has further deepened the conflict between Soosei and the tiger supremo Velupillei Prabhakaran. Cadres loyal to Soosei strongly believe that the explosion was planned by the LTTE leader to get rid of Soosei once and for all. The conflict between Soosei and Prabhakaran originated when Soosei supported Ramesh's (eastern LTTE commander back then) opinions on breakaway Karuna faction.