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LTTE submarine factory seized

*Luxury housing complex found in LTTE HSZ
*Foreign assistance for sub manufacture suspected

The LTTE Submarine production plant discovered by the Army

Security forces yesterday stumbled upon four submarines, the biggest 35 feet in length, and the other three in the process of being built, in Udayankattu, Mullaitivu.

A machine used for bending thick iron sheets, 15 oxygen cylinders, 3 pedal boats, a large boat, resembling a Dvora, several boat engines, welding plants and electrical equipment were also recovered in yesterday’s operation.

Sources said that leaving out the submarines, the goods found could hardly be loaded into three large lorries.

Security forces believe that the large submarine and the other three were to be kept ready for the LTTE leaders to escape from Mullaitivu.

In the vicinity of the factory security forces came across a semi luxury housing complex believed to have been earlier occupied by LTTE top rung leaders.

The factory and the housing complex are in a ‘high security zone’.

It is believed the factory and housing complex would have been well guarded against civilians straying into the area.

It is suspected that the construction of machines and buildings captured in Mullaitivu yesterday would have been done with foreign help. "Most probably some NGOs may have had a hand in it" a high ranking governmental source said.

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