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By Supun Dias

The army is using some of the functional weapons recovered during search operation in the North and East, the military said today. Colonel Duminda Gamage of the Army Media Directorate said the Ministry of Defence would decide on whether the rest of the weapons would be sold or handed to the army.

 

“With Ministry of Defence (MOD) approval, weapons which are functional were handed over to the army,” Colonel Gamage said.

 

He said there were three types of weapons recovered by the security forces - weapons with extensive and minimum damages, and those that were outdated. “We send the recovered weapons to the Central Armory. They decide what should be kept in reserve and what should be dismantled,” he said.

 

So far the military has recovered hundreds of thousands of weapons hidden by the LTTE from the North and East. Meanwhile, security forces recovered a massive haul of weapons including eighty 60 mm mortar bombs during a search operation carried out at Iranamadu in Killinochchi and Mulliyaweli on Sunday evening.

 

The weapons included six 60 mm mortar cartridges, fifteen 60 mm mortar fuses, 14 Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPG), one RPG launcher, one RPG body part, twenty-eight 81 mm mortar bombs, two claymore mines, two T-56 weapon body parts, one 120 mm mortar bomb and two T-56 assault rifles were also recovered during the search operation.

 

The operations were conducted after information was gathered from military intelligence units and on information provided by the State Intelligence Service (SIS).

De-mining groups recovered 254 anti personnel mines, one Arul bomb and one hand grenade from Mahilankulam, Piramanalankulam and Iranalipaikulam the same day.

 

A large number of arms and ammunition hidden underground by the LTTE in the Northern and Eastern Provinces were recovered by the armed forces and the Special Task Force (STF) since the conflict ended in May last year.

  

Security forces are continuing their search operations especially in the two provinces which were once strongholds of the LTTE.

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  • A Sri lankan Tuesday, 10 August 2010 05:43 AM

    Handle with care!

    Rohitha Monday, 09 August 2010 05:58 PM

    Good move by the Army! Perhaps, we will see a reduced defense budget next year.

    Ranil Monday, 09 August 2010 07:36 PM

    Isn't this the reason why SF fell-out with those in high places? When they discovered such a large cache of LTTE weapons, he canceled an arms order from China. Someone who lost his commission got furious.

    senra Monday, 09 August 2010 07:43 PM

    However, the politicians have already forgotten the 29K brave souls who gave their lives, and, are back to their old corrupt ways.

    RajasH Tuesday, 10 August 2010 07:08 AM

    the arms belong to the army in the first place.They were captured by LTTE and now back with the army

    RajasH Tuesday, 10 August 2010 07:11 AM

    they belong to the army in the first place and captured by LTTE

    garawi Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:34 AM

    Why not! This will save some foreign exchange! But now the war is over some of them will not be required and may be sold.

    Dilshan F Tuesday, 10 August 2010 12:45 AM

    It was Gota who cancelled SF's order from china

    chanadana Wednesday, 11 August 2010 02:19 PM

    Rubbish. LTTE used to smuggle wepons by their ships,Even a small child knows about this.

    gajan Tuesday, 10 August 2010 01:59 AM

    Thank you diaspora!

    riand Tuesday, 10 August 2010 02:50 AM

    The story is that some one else canceled the deal and SF got upset about it :) there are two sides to the story not sure which one is 100% correct !!

    Hiranthe Tuesday, 10 August 2010 03:15 AM

    This shipment was ordered by SF and was cancelled by GR.

    Senior Citizen Tuesday, 10 August 2010 03:39 AM

    And against whom will they use these arms - against citizens who will cry foul very soon ????

    Devamithra Monday, 09 August 2010 03:41 PM

    Did LTTE ever think it would come to this ! What is wrong, ex cadres are also grassing on LTTE.


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