August 24, 2009 1:42:35 am
In a startling disclosure,detained LTTE chief Kumaran Pathmanathan has told investigators that the rebels had tried to acquire nuclear weapons and know-how to be used against the Sri Lankan army.
A media report has said that Pathmanathan who was recently arrested has told interrogators that his organisation had tried to acquire nuclear weapons and technology from western countries. LTTE had been the first terrorist outfit that had tried to obtain nuclear power. Had they been successful in obtaining nuclear power,it would have flowed into the hands of other terror organisations too,the Nation newspaper said,quoting military analysts.
KP has revealed that the arms purchased with the money collected were shipped to the LTTE. How he purchased anti-aircraft missiles from arms dealers in the USA has been disclosed,the newspaper added.
Meanwhile,former commander of LTTE supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran,Karuna Amman says it may be difficult to find a successor to KP. They (LTTE) cant do anything because all international networks were controlled by KP himself,Amman said.
After Prabhakaran was killed,Kumaran Padmanathan announced that he was the leader. So I am glad he is arrested. The LTTE can never come up again, Amman said.
Speaking about the importance of having caught Pathmanathan,Amman said,KP was handpicked by Prabhakaran as their international liaison for arms dealing,purchasing and handling their funds. KP is an intelligent man. He speaks many languages which is why he was chosen.
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