Sri Lanka elite police recover huge stock of arms hidden by LTTE

Oct o3, Mullaitivu: Sri Lanka’s elite Special Task Force (STF) police have recovered a huge arm cache hidden by the Tamil Tiger rebels in a former rebel-controlled area of Mullaitivu, officials said Monday.

The haul of weapons discovered by the STF police includes over 1,700 rounds of anti-aircraft ammunition and many other weapons, ASP P.J. Sylvester Wijesinghe has told the state-run radio SLBC.

Meanwhile the Army troops on their search and clear operations in the general areas of Oddankulam, Kokkutoduvai, Mulankavil and Mankulam recovered 49 anti-personnel mines and one Rocket Propeller Grenade (RPG) on Sunday (02).

Troops clearing the East recovered a stock of arms and explosive devices including 24 anti-personnel mines, 2 81-mm mortar bombs, one RPG, one part of Multi Barrel Rocket Launcher (MBRL) ammunition, two pressure mines, one T-56 weapon and ammunition yesterday.

Nearly two-and-a-half years after the war ended the security personnel engaged in search and clear operations in the North and East are still finding hoards of weapons and explosives.

The officials say it will take a decade to completely clear the heavily mined North and East that was under the rebel control for three decades.

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