Island-Wide Army Operations on in Full Swing
[April 27 2019]
Army troops, together with
Policemen, Navy and Air Force
troops in a bid to stem
fanatical terrorist extremism
and restore normalcy in the
country after Tri-Services were
vested with required provisions
with enforcement of Emergency
Regulations are currently
engaged in a variety of security
operations with special focus on
most vulnerable areas and places
in Colombo and elsewhere.
Combined troops conducted a thorough search in the
World Trade Centre (WTC) and the parallel Bank of Ceylon Tower in the
heart of Colombo Fort, Nelum Pokuna Theater and several other buildings
of commercial value on Thursday (25).
Similarly, many cordon and search operations in most
vulnerable areas were conducted in Mattakkuliya and suburbs,
Katuwapitiya, Pugoda, Puttalam, Kalladia and the troops provided full
security to all funerals that took place in Katana - Negombo areas.
Also, the troops were deployed around Muslim villages in the general
areas of Puttalam to ensure law and order.
Over 15 Officers and more than 200 soldiers belonging
to 141 and 143 Brigades of the 14 Division of the Security Force
Headquarters - West joined those search operations and apprehended three
suspects and handed them over to the Police for further investigations.
Similarly, 583 Brigade troops conducted cordon and search operations in
the general areas of Keselwatta in Panadura on Thursday (25). They
searched 41 houses for security clearance in respective areas.
On the instructions of Major General Sathyapriya
Liyanage, Commander Security Forces - West, Army troops conducted
routine foot patrols, mobile patrols and road blocks where necessary and
thorough searches into selected vehicles, safe houses, locations,
buildings, etc in the past 48 hours.
According to Military Spokesman, close to a contingent
of about 7,000 Army personnel are deployed in Colombo and its suburbs in
order to crack down movements of terrorists, their acquaintances,
sympathizers and transport of explosives, arms and ammunition. As of
Thursday (25) dusk, combined operations have apprehended about 60
suspects who are now under Police interrogations at respective Police
Meanwhile, similar cordon and search operations are
now underway in the Eastern Province in close combination with Special
Task Force (STF), Navy, Air Force troops and Policemen. A few suspects
from Riditenna, Valachchenai, Kattankudy and Dimbulagala areas were
taken into custody by combined troops Thursday morning (25) as they
failed to furnish valid reasons for their presence in respective
Similarly, East troops launched a search on the Punani
University faculty now under construction and cleared the complex of any
explosives before several other searches were launched.
Major General Aruna Jayasekara, Commander, Security
Forces - East in the meantime attended several meetings with religious
leaders and civil activists in the past 24 hours and discussed matters
related to maintenance of law and order in the area.
Meanwhile, Rev Fr Roshan, the authoritative parish
priest in the explosion-affected Batticaloa church who was abroad at the
time of the explosion met Major General Jayasekara on Thursday (25) and
commended the Army role and its quick evacuation support in Batticaloa
soon after the explosion occurred.
In the same vein, members of the Army have been kept
on standby in the areas where mosques are situated as Muslims were about
to begin their prayers on Friday (26).
In the meantime, troops belonging to Jaffna, Wanni,
Kilinochchi, Mullaittivu and Central Security Force Headquarters are
equally engaged in conducting separate foot patrols, static points, road
blocks and vehicle checks in respective areas. Similarly, several
suspects taken into custody during those search operations were handed
over to the Police by the troops of the Security Force Headquarters -
Kilinochchi on Thursday (25).
Courtesy: Army Media Unit