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|Author:||Percy [ Fri Aug 03, 2007 1:50 am ]|
|Post subject:||700 detonators found in a passenger bus at Nochchiyagama|
700 detonators found in a passenger bus at Nochchiyagama
Police stopped the bus in Nochchiyagama which was traveling from Vavuniya to Colombo after a tip-off. The detonators were concealed in a bag of corn. The detection came a day after soldiers acting on another tip found five suicide bomb belts and several cyanide capsules among a haul of arms and explosives in a Tamil Tiger hide-out in Jaffna.
© Pravda / AP , 2 Aug 2007
Sri Lanka's police arrests two bus passengers on suspicion of transporting 700 detonators.
Sri Lanka's Defense Ministry said the country's police found 700 detonators in a passenger bus which was traveling from the northern town of Vavuniya to the capital - Colombo.
The detonators were concealed in a bag of corn, an official at the ministry's information center said on condition of anonymity in line with policy.
He said police stopped the bus after a tip-off in Nochchiyagama of Anuradhapura district, about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northeast of Colombo.
Two passengers were arrested on suspicion they may have been transporting the devices for separatist Tamil Tiger rebels, he said.
The detection came a day after soldiers acting on another tip found five suicide bomb belts and several cyanide capsules among a haul of arms and explosives in a Tamil Tiger rebel hide-out in the northern Jaffna peninsula.
Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said the mainly Tamil civilians in the peninsula were beginning to cooperate with the army instead of the rebels, who have been fighting for more than two decades to establish an ethnic Tamil homeland in north and east of Sri Lanka.
"Now the civilians are giving information to us because the civilians are not confidant in the LTTE," he said, referring to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels.
The Tamil Tigers are blamed for carrying out more than 240 suicide bombings aimed at both military and civilian targets across the country.
Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and former Sri Lankan President Ranasinghe Premadasa have been among the victims of rebel suicide bombers.
Minority Tamils, who have suffered decades of discrimination by the majority Sinhalese-controlled governments, consider Jaffna their cultural heartland. The military has controlled the region since 1995, but the rebels operate underground and carry out frequent assassinations and bomb attacks there.
A Norway-brokered cease-fire in 2002 brought relative calm to the country, but a new wave of violence that began in December 2005 has killed more than 5,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands. Over 70,000 people have been killed in the two decades of violence.
|Author:||Peter [ Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:14 pm ]|
|Post subject:||Army uncovers huge cache of LTTE Arms, including SAM|
Army uncovers huge cache of LTTE Arms, including anti air missiles
Altogether about 20 big guns including two 152 mm artillery pieces and over a dozen 120 mm and 81 mm mortars and one multi barrel rocket launcher one SAM-14 had been found at different locations along with a large quantity of explosives, a range of ammunition and mines.
@ Sources /SLA , MCNS , Agencies
03 Aug 2007
The SLA has recovered a sizeable quantity of arms, ammunition and equipment from the LTTE since the launch of major ground operations last July. The bigest recoveries had been made only after the fall of the Vakarai region by late January. Altogether about 20 big guns including two 152 mm artillery pieces and over a dozen 120 mm and 81 mm mortars and one multi barrel rocket launcher had been found at different locations along with a large quantity of explosives, a range of ammunition and mines.
Troops engaged in clearing operations in the newly liberated Thoppigala area continue to uncover large stock of arms and explosives including an surface to air missile (SAM 14), one MBRL and mortars left behind or hidden by LTTE cadres who were forced to abandon the area the face of advancing troops.
Sri Lanka Army soldiers engaged in clearing operations in Omunugala region were able to uncover one of LTTE's most valued possessions on July 19th. Army was able to unearth one of the two Multiple Rocket Launching systems which the LTTE had previously used to shell army positions.
The 12 barreled 107mm MBRL is said to be in usable condition. LTTE cadres had applied a large amount of grease on to the weapon, to prevent it from decaying and rusting. Unlike the 120mm mortars which were previously discovered, the MBRL has not been deliberately damaged before burial by the fleeing LTTE cadres .
Army soldiers on July 30th uncovered four large stocks of weapons from Tihiliveddi, Aliya Ode, Meeyankalluwa and Motagala areas. The weapons included heavy mortar launchers, heavy machine guns, an anti air missile, claymore mine and large stocks of explosives and ammunitions.
Army made the first discovery at Tihiliveddi, a remote location from the Thoppigala jungle. The soldiers dug up 26 claymore mines, 61 anti personnel mines, 3 anti tank mines, 250 detonators and 25 Kg of C4 explosives dumped inside a thicket.
The second detection was made by the army commandos who were prodding through the harsh jungle terrain in the Aliya Ode area in Narakamula. The commandos unearthed a large stock of weapons carefully dumped by the LTTE terrorists before they fled the area.
The third and fourth detection were made by the troops continuing the search in the evening from Meeyankalluwa and Motagala areas. The list of items uncovered at the two locations is as follows:
Contrary to reports, Monday’s recovery of a heat seeking surface to air missile, believed to be of East European origin, was facilitated by an intelligence operation, an authoritative military official said.
Acting on specific information, the SLA had found the 22.7 pound SAM-14 (aka Strela 3) buried in the Thoppigala area. "It had been buried separately," the official said, asserting that a routine search operation would not have unearthed the weapon.
Strela 3 is the successor to the SAM 7 (Strela) It has a larger warhead (6.5 pounds, twice that of the SAM-7). The IPKF recovered a SAM-7 from an LTTE hideout during its deployment here. The LTTE had shot down several SLAF aircraft including an Argentine-built Pucara deployed purely on anti-insurgency role.
The SAM 14 has a maximum range of 4.5 kilometers and a maximum altitude of 9,900 feet. The seeker of the SAM 14 was designed to go after the smaller engines on slower moving helicopters.
The official claimed that the LTTE had three SAM-14 missiles in the East. They had fired one missile at an SLAF aircraft during the eastern campaign, he said, claiming that one missile remained in the enemy’s hands after Monday’s detection.
The US recently thwarted an LTTE bid to acquire shoulder-fired surface to air heat seeking SA-18 missile, also of Russian origin.
Thoppigala and Vakarai have so far yielded one of the biggest LTTE arms and explosives caches in the eastern theatre of operations during the last 25 years.
A list of some of the captured items:
1 SURFACE TO AIR MISSILE 1
2 MBRL( 12x barrels ) 1
3 120 MM MORTAR 4
4 82 MM MORTAR GUN 5
5 81 mm MOTAR GUN 7
6 60 MM MORTAR GUN 3
7 ROCKET LAUNCHERS 3
8 12.7 ANTI AIR CRAFT GUN 1
9 MPMG 9
10 GPMG 5
11 LMG 6
12 SNIPER GUN 4
13 40 MM GL 7
14 RPG GUN 25
15 T 56 WPNS 268
16 PISTOL 1
17 HAND GRENADES 14
18 ANTI TANK MINES 6
19 AP MINES 1170
20 CLAYMOE MINES 63
21 PRESSURE MINE 6
22 HIGH EXPLOSIVES 270Kg
23 C4 EXPLOSIVE 63Kg
24 HE CONTAINER (45 KG) 3
25 BANGALORE TORPEDO 85
26 IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE 4
27 MBRL ROCKETS 11
28 120 MM MORTAR BOMBS 167
29 82 MM MORTAR BOMBS 373
30 81 MM MORTAR BOMBS 499
31 60 MM MORTAR BOMBS 785
32 12.7x 51 AMMO 2635
33 7.62x54 AMMO 10000
34 RPG ROUNDS 10
35 40 MM GL AMMO 9
36 LMG DRUM 1
37 AGL AMMO (BOX) 6
38 T 56 AMMO 8672
39 T 56 MAGAZINES 165
40 DETONATERS 1168
41 DETONATER CORD 553m
42 ELECTRIC DETONATORS 2
43 REMOTE CONTROL DEVICE 1
44 CLAYMORE MINE RECEIVERS 10
45 120 mm MOTAR CARRIERS 9
46 120mm MOTAR AIMING PICKET 3
47 82 MM MORTAR CARTRIDGES 400
48 82 MM MORTAR FUSES 103
49 82 mm MORTAR BASE PLATE 2
50 60 mm MORTAR CARTRIDGES 120
51 60 mm MORTAR FUSES 90
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