The Black Tigers
(Tamil: கரும்புலிகள்) were a wing of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
(Tamil Tigers) composed of specially selected and trained LTTE cadres whose missions involved committing suicide attacks against military targets in Sri Lanka. The civilian targets included places of worship, ports, airports and the assassination of high profile Indian and Sri Lankan dignitories. They were considered one of the most lethal and effective suicide groups in the world. From their formation in 1987 till the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in 2009, more than 330 Black Tigers have committed various suicide attacks on land and sea, mostly in Sri Lanka
. The assassinations of Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa
. But, for the Tamil people the people who sacrifice as 'Heroes'.
The first Black Tiger was Vallipuram Vasanthan
, who drove a small truck
laden with explosives into a Sri Lanka Army camp in Nelliady, Jaffna
peninsula, on 5 July 1987, killing himself and between 39–100 Sri Lankan soldiers. Immediately after the attack, regular LTTE cadres followed up, overwhelming the stunned SLA soldiers. This single attack was hugely effective, and proved vital in the dismantling the Sri Lankan Army
’s operation – dubbed Operation Liberation.
During the earlier phase of the Tamil Tigers’ military session it did not possess heavy conventional weapons that were required to attack... Read More