Troops on Tuesday recovered one 130 mm and four 152 mm artillery pieces, of Chinese origin, buried on the Vellamullivaikkal beach, in the Mullaitivu district. It was the biggest single recovery of LTTE arms since the conclusion of the conflict on May 19, 2009 on the banks of the Nanthikadal lagoon.
Troops also recovered one Sea Tiger craft fitted with two 125 hp OBMs. The weapons were buried close to Jordanian ship Farah III which ran aground in late 2006 after the LTTE seized it.
Military spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasooriya told The Island that troops were in the process of searching the area. Brig. Wanigasooriya said that LTTE had fired artillery towards advancing troops during the final phase of fighting on the Vanni east front while taking cover among civilians.
Responding to a query, the official said that the recent recovery meant that the LTTE had used conventional heavy weapons against the army during the final phase. Vellamullivaikkal was the last LTTE stronghold to fall during the eelam war IV.
Security sources told The Island that an examination of the weapons was necessary to establish whether they were among those seized by the LTTE during attacks on major army bases in the Northern Province or procured overseas.