Thursday, January 11, 2007

STF captures another Tiger camp: military

The Special Task Force yesterday captured another LTTE camp in Kanchikudichchiaru in Ampara killing at least 4 rebel cadres and recovering several boats and tents donated by two world organisations, the military spokesman said.

Two STF personnel were injured in the battle.

“Elite forces personnel recovered boats and tents donated by Save the Children and UNHCR from the newly captured LTTE 'Janaka' base in Kanchikudichcharu,” spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe claimed.

He said the two boats had ‘Save the Children’ marked on them and believed the LTTE had been forcibly taking over tsunami aid donated by NGOs to affected people.

The troops also captured a large factory inside the ‘Janaka’ camp where uniforms were stitched for LTTE cadres, he said.

The military spokesman said several military items including weapons and ammunition, motor cycles and other vehicles had also been recovered from within the camp.

Among the other items recovered were a generator (15 Kw), 10 sewing machines, one Global Positioning System (GPS), STF uniforms, one roll of STF camouflage material, a stock of Army Ranaviru apparel camouflage material, one night vision sniper rifle, one monocular night vision device and a light machine gun (LMG).

The STF gained control of seven sub-camps of the Tigers in the vicinity of the newly overrun ‘Janaka’ camp and confirmed that one of the camps captured was meant for female cadres.

LTTE cadres had launched mortar attacks from the ‘Janaka’ camp at STF personnel deployed around the ‘Stanley Base’ which fell to the forces on Monday.

A fully equipped hospital known as ‘Thileepan’ situated inside the Stanley Base was discovered.

The military claimed the ‘Thileepan’ hospital had been built by a Netherlands based NGO identified as ZOA. The NGO had also built some 500 houses utilising tsunami aid to LTTE mahaveera families in the Kanchikudichicharu forest area.


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