Mahinda Rajapaksa said the military offensive against the rebels in Kilinochchi would continue, announced the state-run Sri Lankan Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) on Thursday, Oct 16. Rajapaksa has informed India that the offensive cannot be stopped as demanded by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, and other politicians of the state. The LTTE leadership had sent suicide bombers to assassinate leaders of the Sri Lakan military, he said.
A Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry spokesperson had on Wednesday night said the offensive wouldn"t target civilians.
"We have put in a zero-civilian doctrine in place in the areas bordering the government-controlled and the LTTE-held areas in the north," said the spokesperson.
Civilian casualty had been minimal and the displaced persons were being provided relief on an emergency basis, the spokesperson said.