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 Post subject: Sri Lanka army takes Silawathura sea tiger base
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:02 pm 
Sri Lanka army takes Silawathura sea tiger base

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Silawathurei was used as a central hub in illegal arms smuggling by LTTE and was a sea tiger launching pad. According to military sources, at least 12 LTTE cadres have been killed during the offensive and 9 members of the Army have been wounded. Five rebel boats were captured, they said.

Sunday, September 2, 2007
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Sri Lanka's military says it has captured a sea tiger base of Tamil Tigers' naval wing in the north-west of the country, today. Silawathura sea tiger base was in Silawathurei region, South of Mannar. Five rebel boats were captured, they said. LTTE has made no comment on the claim.

Silavattura and Arippu lying south of Mannar have been used as a launching pad by LTTE for operations in the Wilpattu jungles. Silawathurei was used as a central hub in illegal arms smuggling and was a sea tiger launching pad.

In a new offensive that began on Saturday, troops advanced into an area held by the Tigers. Government forces have already taken control of the east of the island and want to do the same in the north.

Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said the forces had met little resistance as they advanced into Silavathurai near Mannar, and overran a base of the Sea Tigers.

According to military sources, at least 12 LTTE cadres have been killed during the offensive and 9 members of the Army have been wounded.

Brig Samarasinghe said the base had been used as a transit point to smuggle in explosives.

Roadside bomb

On Saturday a roadside bomb in the area killed nine fleeing civilians and injured four more, according to the rebels, who blamed government forces. The army denied involvement.

The military operation has been taking place on the edge of a swathe of territory held by Tigers in the north where they run a civil administration.

Government forces recaptured the last rebel base in the east of the island in July, but the Tigers still control large parts of the north.


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 Post subject: Weapons recovered from seized rebel territory
 Post Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:07 pm 
Sri Lanka military: Weapons recovered from seized rebel territory

One suicide boat, three claymore mines, two T-56 riffles, and 40 Kg of TNT high explosives, 482 Anti personnel mines have been captured along with a large amount of ammunitions by troops clearing the coast of Silavattura. Further , 25 dinghy boats, 25 outboard motors ( 25 HP), and one 40 HP outboard motor were among the other things that have been found.

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@ IHT / The Associated Press
Tuesday, September 4, 2007


COLOMBO, Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka recovered hundreds of mortars, anti-personnel mines and grenade launchers from a key northern coastal territory captured over the weekend from the Tamil rebels, the military said Tuesday.

The weapons were found in two main rebel camps seized by army troops in the northern district of Mannar, which served as a supply point for insurgents in the north, an official at the Defense Ministry's information center said on condition of anonymity, in line with policy.

On Saturday, the military began the offensive aimed at seizing control of areas south of Mannar, saying rebels were holding about 6,000 civilians against their will.

Military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said troops captured Silavathurai and Arippu villages Monday, which insurgents had used as transit points for arms — and for suicide bombers to launch attacks in government-held areas.

Soldiers also captured a camp belonging to the Sea Tigers, the rebels' naval wing. Samarasinghe said insurgents had used the camp to unload smuggled weapons.

Mannar district, about 220 kilometers (135 miles) northwest of the capital, Colombo, lies on the line between government and rebel-controlled territory. It has become a flash point in the country's escalating conflict.

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Separately Tuesday, rebels attacked army troops who were conducting a search operation in eastern Batticaloa district, the official said. Soldiers successfully retaliated, and troops later found the bodies of two rebels.

Phone calls seeking comment from rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan went unanswered Tuesday.

The rebels want to create an independent state for ethnic minority Tamils, who have suffered decades of discrimination by Sinhalese-controlled governments.

A Norwegian-brokered 2002 cease-fire temporarily halted fighting, but more than 5,000 people have been killed in new violence in the past 22 months, bringing the death toll from two decades of fighting to more than 70,000.

Despite the collapse of the cease-fire, neither side has officially withdrawn from the pact, fearing international isolation.


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