SAM found at Thoppigala

Police detected a Surface to Air Missile (SAM) in the Thoppigala jungles, nearly new and primed for firing. They believe that this missile was smuggled into Thoppigala after it was liberated from the LTTE earlier last year.

Terrorists may have targeted either a plane or a helicopter carrying a VIP to the combat areas, through the SAM. The area was extensively searched yesterday to ascertain whether any other missiles had been smuggled into Thoppigala.

The detection was made on tip off received by Superintendant of Police Vaas Gunawar-dena of Trincomalee.

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