Tamil Tigers in custody reveal valuable information

While the criticism of Sri Lanka's camps for the displaced grows, the move to restrict the movement of the displaced in order to identify former combatants from civilians, has paid off for Sri Lanka's Defence and Intelligence establishments.

To prevent the rebels from re-grouping and unearthing hidden weapons dumps, the Sri Lanka Army has been involved in a search mission for Tamil Tiger explosives.

Sri Lankan troops have uncovered one of their biggest hauls of weapons and explosives since the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels two months ago, military officials said on Friday.

Troops found 332 roadside bombs in the northeastern district of Mullaittivu where Tamil Tiger supremo Velupillai Prabhakaran put up his last stand in May, a military official said.

Through the statements made by senior Tiger combatants, who were identified through the screening process at the camps, the military has been able to recover much more than just explosives.

The Sunday Times reported the discovery of valuable documents which contained the contact details of arm suppliers, shipping companies used for arms smuggling, and names of suicide bombers and their intended targets.

Among some of the Tigers now in custody are senior bodyguards and a close associate of the Tiger chief Prabhakaran. Their statements led search teams to hidden plastic barrels which contained a host of Vellupillai Prabhakaran's personal documents.

Sunday Times
Three other barrels were found to contain Prabhakaran’s personal documents. These relate to the purchase of weapons and countries of origin, weapon transport schedules, LTTE military plans, bank account details, military personnel details, as well as plans drawn up by Prabhakaran’s deputy Pottu Amman, including details of operations in Colombo, and Prabhakaran’s own plans.

According to SP Gunawardena, the search party also found communication equipment used by the LTTE to monitor the movements of Sri Lanka Air Force jets and transmissions from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Satellite phones, laptops, fax machines, antennas, cables and other items were also recovered. According to SI Nishantha Hettiarachchi, the officer who led the CCD team, the documents and equipment had been buried in the last days of the final battle between the armed forces and the LTTE.

In separate searches in the vicinity the search party found anti-aircraft missiles, parts of 120 mm, 130mm and 152 mm artillery guns, chemicals and 33 LTTE suicide kits, as well as photographs of LTTE suicide cadres. The photographs showed LTTE cadres involved in the attack on the Anuradhapura air base. One photograph showed cadres posing with Prabhakaran.

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