Thamil Chelvan's convoy hit by SLA claymore

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 16 May 2001, 08:53 GMT]
A convoy of the Liberation Tigers in which Mr. S.P Thamil Chelvan, the leader of the political wing of the LTTE, was travelling towards Mallavi where he was scheduled to meet Norwegian Peace envoy Mr. Eric Solheim was hit near Kokkavil by a claymore blast set off by a deep penetration team of the Sri Lanka army Tuesday afternoon, sources in Vanni said. A LTTE trooper was killed and two were wounded in the blast. They were travelling in a Mitsubishi Pajero that was providing security to Mr. Thamil Chelvan's vehicle, the sources added.

thamilchelvan_2-p.jpgMeanwhile Mr. Solheim and Mr. Jon Westborg, Norway's Ambassador to Sri Lanka who were scheduled to start talks with Mr. Thamil Chelvan and other LTTE officials in Mallavi Wednesday , will travel to Vanni Thursday, official LTTE sources said.

The Liberation Tigers have begun a search operation to locate the SLA's deep penetration team in the Kokkavil area, the sources in Vanni said.

Kokkavil is 7 kilometres north of Mankulam on the A9 highway from Vavuniya to Jaffna.

Mr. Thamil Chelvan's convoy escaped an attack by a SLA deep penetration team earlier during a visit by religious leaders to the Vanni earlier this year.


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