11:24 AM

Security News

  • Micro pistol found in Jaffna

On information received from the civilians, security forces who were conducting a search operation uncovered a micro pistol from Manalkadu area in Point Pedro in early hours today, December 18.The recovery was made at 5.45 a.m and a micro pistol and its magazine had been buried in an abandoned land in the area, defence sources in Jaffna said.

  • LTTE Continuously receiving losses; 19 terrorists killed, 13 wounded

Nineteen LTTE terrorists were killed and 13 were injured during clashes erupted at Jaffna and Mannar defences this morning, December 17, defence sources said.In four separate incidents reported in Mannar defences, at least 12 LTTE terrorists were killed while 9 were injured sources in Mannar said.

Troops on foot patrol confronted with a group of LTTE terrorists at North of Uilankulam in Mannar around 9.30 a.m today. Ground troops said four LTTE cadres were killed while 5 others were injured in this clash.Meanwhile 2 LTTE cadres were killed in a confrontation erupted at North of Neelachchanai in Mannar around 9.35 a.m. today, defence sources added.

  • T-56 weapon, warlike items uncovered

On information received from the civilian sources, security forces uncovered a T-56 weapon and some other warlike items from Madukarai in Mannar testerday, December 17.According to the available information the recovery was made around 12 noon and 60 T-56 ammunition, 2 magazines, 2 detonators and 1M length detonator code were also among the recoveries.

7:22 AM

India readies to counter LTTE threats

Against the backdrop of enhanced threat perception emanating to India's security from its vast southern coastline and sea borne intrusions, the Indian Armed Forces are planning a series of joint exercises next year in the southern peninsula.

"This is for the first time that the country's military planners are focusing on threats to the country from the southern peninsula," defence sources told the Times of India.

Frontline fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force, along with warships from the Navy and coastguard, and Army formations dedicated to sea borne assaults would be engaged in these exercises designed to ensure safety of vital sea lanes.

The war games have also been planned to deal with threats of intrusions from air and sea lanes by terrorist groups and to deal with sea hijackings, the sources said. Though the Armed Forces had earlier repeatedly sought to play down possible threats from the LTTE for their acquisition of air assets, the series of joint military exercises are planned to cope with such attacks, the sources said.