Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jewellery found from LTTE occupied areas: Army

Sri Lankan security forces have recovered 100 kgs of gold jewellery and a large amount of cash from an area in Wanni in north of the country where senior Tiger leaders were hiding.

A sum of Sri Lanka Rupees 64.91 lakh in cash and a few boxes containing about 100 kgs of jewellery were found during search operations by the troops, the army said.

"On Information, received from a LTTE cadre in custody, troops on Tuesday found large amount of money and jewellery from Velamullivaikkal area in Mullaittivu where senior Tiger leaders were hiding during their final days of the battle against the troops," it said.

It may be recalled that in middle of last month, the family of Sea Tiger Chief Soosai was caught in Mullaittivu escaping with a large amount of money with them.

Air craft missiles, grenade launchers, and an assortment of various types of bombs, including mortar bombs, Arun bombs and white phosphorous bombs were among items recovered on Tuesday during the ongoing search and clear operations by the army.

While Task Force 8 made the recoveries in Vellamullawaikkal and other areas in the former no-fire zone, troops of the 22 Division found a claymore mine and 400g of C4 explosives in Uppuweli area of Trincomalee in the east.

Separately, STF troops of Kalvanchikudi camp conducting search operations in Thoppigala and Sooriyadi in the east recovered 744 g of explosives among other military items.

Vavuniya police acting on a tip off found four suicide jackets, three with four kg of explosives and one with 10 kg.

Stockpiles of arms hidden or abandoned in the areas occupied by the LTTE in the north remain a major impediment to the early resettlement of the Internally Displaced Persons, the news website "Lankapage" reported.

Meanwhile, the Defence Ministry said troops of Task Force -8, while conducting search and clearing operations at the Vellamullaivaikkal coast, Mullaittivu have uncovered an LTTE submersible vehicle.

The 24ft long, 4ft height vehicle was found several meters off the Vellamullaivaikkal coast, military sources said.

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