In separate raids carried out on Wednesday
troops recovered a sizeable quantity of arms, ammunition and
explosives from two Kovils in the northern and eastern regions.
A joint SLN-Police contingent recovered one
claymore mine weighing five kgs, 900 gms of C – 4 explosives,
three anti personnel mines (APM), three APM fuses, three
modified chargers, one pouch, 24 electric detonators, 150 rounds
of T – 56 ammunition and one claymore tripod, concealed in a
niche above the statue of the deity in Perumkulam Muttumari
Amman Kovil at Velanipuram, Kayts.
The military said that the weapons had been
hidden with the connivance of Kurukkal (priests). The recovery
was made from the inner chamber of the kovil. Troops detained
Last Sunday the SLN raided another kovil at
Velani, Kayts where the Tigers’ Jaffna Islands leader and his
deputy committed suicide. They were among five LTTE cadres in
Meanwhile police commandos recovered four
explosives laden suicide jackets hidden in an archway of Sivam
Kovil, Kokkadicholai. Each suicide jacket weighed 3 ½ kgs.