Sri Lanka Army troops continue to recover explosives, firearms in the East, arrest several suspects
Sri Lanka Army troops conducting codon and search operations in the East have recovered hauls of explosives, firearms and bomb-making materials.
According to the Army Media Unit, troops of the 24 Division under the Security Force Headquarters – East (SFHQ-E) during a sudden cordon search operation in the general area of Sammanthurai town this morning (1) had found 200 gelignite sticks, 1 sword, 40 meters of service threads, 200 detonators, 2 pistols, 20 rounds of pistol ammunition, 1 T-56 magazine, 170 rounds of T-56 ammunition, 4 packets 25 kg Ammonia and 1 oil bottle.
Troops of 8 SLSR of 58 Division and Security Force Headquarters – West (SFHQ-West) in a cordon search in the general of Kotiyakumbura, Kegalle found 11 patrol bombs, 2 walkie-talkies, 16 passports, 9 knives, 12 mobile phones, 4 WiFi routers, 2 hand grenades, 8 hand axes, 3 swords, 1 Nanchakku, 1 Binocular, 1 GPS and a trouser of a desert combat kit.
Several suspects have been arrested by the Army during the operation and handed over to the Police.
Meanwhile, Security Force Headquarters – East (SFHQ-E) and 231 Brigade troops jointly continued their search and clear operations in the general area of Eravur this evening (1) with the objective of containing violence.
During the operation, 231 Brigade troops detected 6 T-56 Magazines, 362 rounds of T-56 ammunition, 1 round of General Purpose Machine Gun (GPMG) ammunition, 2 knives, 1 sword (unserviceable) and 2 hand grenades (unserviceable).
In a simultaneous cordon search operation carried out in the general areas of Wan Ela and Serunuwara, troops of 222 Brigade recovered 2 Air rifles, 5 swords, 3 suspicious motor bikes, 1 locally-made rifle, a map of Seruwawila temple and arrested two suspects.