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* Search Operations in Northern Sri Lanka continue to recover mines and explosives
Fri, Apr 30, 2010, 12:01 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 30, Colombo: Nearly a year after the end of the war in the embattled North, Sri Lankan troops conducting search operations in the northern Wanni region continue to recover massive stocks of explosives, ammos and other weapons that belonged to the LTTE.

Troops conducting search and clear operations in the general areas of Nochchimotai, Omanthai, Kilinochchi, Kokavil and Kumulamunai on Thursday (29) recovered 37 grenades, 6 81-mm mortar bombs, one micro pistol, 27 rounds of armour piercing ammunition, 35 rounds of 7.62 x 17 ammunition, 41 rounds of unidentified ammunition and ten anti personnel mines.

Meanwhile, troops and Wakarai Police clearing the Eastern region on Thursday have recovered 55 AP mines, 57 anti personnel mine fuses, 9 can bombs, 8 T-56 weapons, 10 T-56 magazines, one claymore mine and 5 kg of C-4 explosives among another haul of items.

The de-mining teams have also found a large number of mines in the North. The Danish Demining Group (DDG) have found 2 Anti Personnel (AP) mines in the general area of Valarsinnakulam and 11 AP mines in the Nochchikulam area on Wednesday.

In separate operations, the DMIP de-mining team has recovered 137 AP mines in the general area of Madhu while the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) demining team has found five AP mines in the general area of Periyapandivirichchan and one unexploded ordnance in the Narikkula area on Wednesday.

Arms and explosives, buried by the LTTE before they were defeated, need to be removed from the areas where the displaced are to be resettled prior to their rehabilitation in the area.

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