Sri Lankan troops find LTTE’s underwater craft

January 29th, 2009 - 1:07 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Jan 29 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan government troops operating in Tamil Tiger rebels’ former stronghold of Mullaitivu district have found an underwater craft, defence officials said Thursday.Officials from the Ministry of Defence said that a submarine type underwater craft belonging to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was found at Muttiyankattu area in Mullaitivu district Thursday morning.

The 631 brigade of the Army’s Task Force 3 found the craft and several other fast attack crafts of the LTTE’s Sea Tiger wing, said the officials.

Mullaitivu town had functioned as the rebels’ military headquarters until it was captured by the troops Sunday.

The army, hunting for the rebels’ supremo Velupillai Prabakaran in the area, have found several of his underground bunkers.

The Sri Lankan government said that its war against the LTTE is coming to an end as 95 percent of the territories formerly held by the rebels have been captured by the troops.

The military said 13,000 LTTE guerrillas and 3,700 soldiers have been killed since July 2006 when the armed conflict between the two sides began to escalate.

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