Kokkilai offensive

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Kokkilai Offensive
Part of the Sri Lankan civil war, Eelam War I
Date 13 February, 1985
Location Kokkilai, Sri Lanka
Result LTTE victory

 Sri Lanka

LiberationTigersofTamilEelamFlag.jpg Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam
Commanders and leaders
Unknown LiberationTigersofTamilEelamFlag.jpg Velupillai Prabhakaran
Unknown 100
Casualties and losses
100 killed (Tamil Tiger claim),[1] 4 killed (Sri Lankan Army claim) 16 killed (LTTE claim)

The Kokkilai offensive[2] was a military operation carried out by the Tamil Tigers in Kokkilai, Mullaitivu District, Sri Lanka. It is claimed this was the first attack by LTTE on a Sri Lankan Army barrack. Ravi Jayewardene, brother of then President of Sri Lanka JR Jayewardene reported to the National Security Council that the Kokkilai attack was a full-scale armed confrontation and said the Tamil Tigers were becoming a ‘sophisticated enemy.’

It is believed Tamil TigersRanjan Kanagaratnam[3] died in this attack, he was the son of Sri Lankan Member of Parliament late K. Kanagaratnam.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Hardening Determination". TamilNation. 2005-04-18. Retrieved 2009-01-02. 
  2. ^ "1985 - the year in the brink of civil war". TamilNation. 2001-08-08. Retrieved 2009-01-02. [dead link]
  3. ^ "The Eastern warlord". Frontline. 2004-04-09. Retrieved 2009-01-02.