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We won't target the Gandhis, says LTTE

April 10, 2009 18:26 IST

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has refuted reports that the rebel outfit may target Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her children.

However, the Sri Lankan government rejected the claim on Friday and cautioned India not to trust the outfit as it had a 'well organised' international network.

The Home Ministry in New Delhi had last week issued an alert to states to provide tight security cover during the visit of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her children -- Rahul and Priyanka -- as they face a threat from LTTE.

The LTTE assassinated Gandhi's husband and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi during an election rally in Tamil Nadu in 1991.

LTTE political head B Nadesan refuted the reports and described it as a 'malicious propaganda intended to divert the plight of the sufferings of the Tamil civilians and their quest for self determination'.

Military Spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara told PTI on Friday that LTTE cannot be trusted.

"Even if LTTE's Nadesan has denied that outfit was planning to attack Sonia Gandhi and her family, the LTTE should not be trusted as it has well organised international network to carry out any kind of attacks," Nanayakkara said.

He said the LTTE has links with external forces that makes it possible to undertake any mission.

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