The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Regiment troops based at Trikonamadu found 2 caches of hidden arms in the general area of Iranapallai, Pudukuduirippu, on the 15th and 19th of this month, said SLAF spokesperson Group Captain Janaka Nanayakkara.
The recovering of these arms was made possible with the help of rehabilitated former LTTE cadres.
Among the arms found on the 15th were 5 LTTE-made aircraft bombs, 2 LTTE-made 40 mm mortars, 6 40mm RPG bombs, 2 120 mm mortar bombs and 2 hand grenades.
The arms recovered on the 19th included 100kg of C-4 explosives, 90kg of RDX explosives, 100kg of propellant tube form explosives, 14 claymore mines, 3 anti tank mines, 2 LTTE-made hand grenades, 11 81mm mortar smoke bombs, 20 81mm mortar trapping bombs, 15 40mm RPG bombs and an LTTE-made rocket bomb.
The troops involved are commanded by Squadron Leader Vajira Senadeera. Pilot Officer P.S.D.D. Rupasinghe was responsible for conducting both successful clearance operations.
by Maryam Azwer