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Kittu's death anniversary marked

The 18th anniversary of the deaths of Colonel Kittu (Sathasivam Krishnakumar) and nine other LTTE cadres was marked in several Tamil Diaspora locations last weekend. 

At one London event on Sunday several hundred people queued to place flowers before their pictures.

The event began with the traditional lighting of the flame and continued with commemorative song and dance performances.

Col. Kittu and the others died on January 15, 1993 when they scuttled their ship after it was surrounded by Indian Navy warships as it neared Sri Lanka.

Col. Kittu rose to public prominence as the LTTE’s Jaffna Commander from 1985-1987 in the first phase of the war.

He was later appointed head of the LTTE’s International Secretariat in London.

He was on his way home from UK when his ship was intercepted.

The International Secretariat was moved to Vanni in 2001, after Britain proscribed the LTTE.

See especially TamilNet's reports on the anniversary being marked in government-controlled Jaffna during the peace process in 20052004, and 2003.