Sri Lankan troops continue to recover arms and explosives from former battlefields
Mon, Mar 8, 2010, 08:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 08, Colombo: Nearly ten months after the end of hostilities, Sri Lankan troops and demining teams conducting search and clear operations in the North and East still continue to find caches of arms and explosives in the former battlefields.
Swiss Foundation for Mine Action (FSD) demining team clearing the general area of Madhu Road yesterday (07) found 48 Anti Personnel mines, 2 RPG bombs, one 60mm and one 81 mm mortar bombs and a hand grenade.
A Mine Action Group (MAG) team demining in the Palampiddi area of Vavuniya meanwhile found 17 AP mines and a 60 mm mortar bomb yesterday.
Naval troops attached to SLNS Elara on information received from civilians recovered two 81 mm High Explosive mortar bombs from an abandoned well located close to Walanthalai Junction in Karainagar of Jaffna on Saturday (06).
The bombs, found wrapped with detonator cords, were later defused by Naval Bomb Disposal personnel.
The troops of Army's 66 Division recovered a T-56 weapon and two claymore mines while they were cleaning a well in the Paranthan area yesterday. The troops also recovered two more T-56 weapons and eight hand grenades from a separate location in the area.
Several international demining teams are engaged in mine clearing operations along with the Sri Lanka Army's demining unit to clear the former battlefields that have been heavily mined by the LTTE rebels during the war.