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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 3:28 am 
LTTE's "Stanley Base'' falls to the elite cops- Ampara

"Stanley Base'' in eastern Ampara district fell to Special Task Force personnel, who also recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition. In addition to the Stanley camp, the STF personnel have found a fully equipped hospital funded by an INGO, a warehouse filled with dry rations meant for civilians, 2 sub-camps, an intelligence camp, a circuit bungalow and a cafeteria, abandoned by the fleeing tigers.

@ Agencies / MOD
Monday, January 08, 2007


Sri Lanka's elite police force on Monday seized a key Tamil Tiger rebel base in the country's east, a region where a clash with separatists the previous day left at least one soldier dead, the military said.

Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe told reporters that the rebels' ``Stanley Base'' in eastern Ampara district fell to Special Task Force personnel, who also recovered a large quantity of arms and ammunition.

Special Task Force chief Nimal Lewke said that four of his personnel were wounded in the fighting and a search was being conducted to flush out rebel fighters who he said had escaped into the jungles.

Lewke said the vast base was used by the guerrillas to launch attacks on government forces in the region, as a training camp for new Tiger recruits and also included a hospital.

The weapons left behind by the rebels included four mortar launchers, he said.

In addition to the Stanley camp, the STF personnel have found a fully equipped hospital funded by an INGO, a warehouse filled with dry rations meant for civilians, 2 sub-camps, an intelligence camp, a circuit bungalow and a cafeteria, abandoned by the fleeing tigers.

STF had also found a water bouzer donated by the Tamil Rehabilitation Organisation (TRO), 3 motor cycles, a 50kv and a 25kv Generators, satellite antennas and coffins.

A large haul of arms and ammunition, a repeater, a rifle and a large number of anti-personnel mines were also recovered.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan confirmed a battle in the area but denied that their base had fallen.

Separately, the Defense Ministry said rebels infiltrated an electrical facility early Monday on the outskirts of Colombo and blew up a transformer, disrupting electricity to some areas.

``They (rebels) cut the wire mesh and may have used at least 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds) of explosive to blow up the transformer,'' Maj. Upali Rajapakse said.

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``The security forces believe that the Tiger terrorists are attempting to disrupt normalcy in non-operational areas,'' Rajapakse said.

Rebel spokesman, Ilanthirayan, denied involvement.

The Elakanda power station is about 10 kilometers (6.21 miles) north of Colombo.

Also on Monday in northern Jaffna peninsula, masked men stopped a state-owned bus transporting school children, then forced the students off before setting it on fire, a bus employee said.

The group, shouting anti-government slogans, claimed that a pro-government Tamil party was abducting students in Jaffna, employee N. Rasadurai said.

The military said that some students themselves were involved in the arson attack, which was instigated by the rebels.


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