LTTE underwater vehicles found - Mullaittivu
Sri Lanka Army Task Force 3 found an LTTE underwater
vehicle along with 3 other smaller underwater vehicles which are
still under construction from the Udayarkattukulam area in Mullaittivu
yesterday morning (Jan 28). Military sources said that this was the most
startling recovery made by troops so far during the on going counter
terrorist operations against the LTTE. Three suicide boats and a
large haul of LTTE maritime equipment were also found at the location ,
the sources added.
The sources further revealed , the largest underwater
vehicle found is about 35 feet in length and amour plated.
Among the other items found , there were one low bed trailer, one armour
plate used for bending machines, fifteen oxy-acetylene welding
cylinders, thirty armour plate sheets of 20 ft each, three pedal-type
suicide boats, one Dvora-type fast attack craft, a large number of water
pumps, two lorries, two buses, one truck, one heavy duty generator, one
water bowzer trailer, one bowzer, filled with kerosene, two large lathe
machines, two powerful compressors, one welding plant, a number of
electric motors, one large lifting jack, many boats and vehicle engines,
three hangar-shaped buildings of 75 ft x 15 ft each, fifteen small
tiled-houses of 20 ft x 30 ft with full air conditioning and five
tiled-billets of 25 ft x 100 ft with full air conditioning.
The discovery was made by the infantrymen of 4 Sri
Lanka Light Infantry (4 SLLI) commanded by Major Najeewa Edirisinghe.
With this discovery the LTTE will go down in the
history as the first terrorist organization to develop underwater
weapons. Also, the LTTE is the first terrorist outfit to introduce
suicide bombers to the world and to develop naval and air arms.
Defence observers are in the view that the LTTE has
been able to come this far in terrorism warfare because of the leeway
given the outfit by the international community. Until recently, the
LTTE sympathizers were given opportunity to raise funds freely in the
western countries to buy arms and ammo. The outfit has been able to
operate a fleet of ships to smuggle arms, engage in drug trafficking and
human smuggling to make money, etc, in many parts of the world. With
hired hands in many international media, NGOs and various other front
organizations the outfit has been able to portray itself as a liberation
organization to the world and to put international pressure on the
government when taking military action against it.
The following pictures show their latest contribution
to the world of terrorism :