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Tigers seize weapons from SLFP Karuna camp in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Friday, 20 March 2009, 14:14 GMT]
An armed paramilitary person was killed and two T-56 assault rifles were seized Thursday night around 11:00 p.m. when an ambush team of the Liberation Tigers of Tamileelam (LTTE) carried out a surprise attac on a building at Ku'laththumadu in Vaakaneari in Vaazhaichcheani, according to a news release by the LTTE. The building, used as an office of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) was a minor camp of Karuna group, the Tigers said. Dayamohan, the Batticaloa district political head of the LTTE told TamilNet last week that Karuna group had stepped up intimidations against the civilians in Batticaloa and Ampaa'rai districts in recent times.

The Tigers also seized a military communication equipment from the Karuna camp Thursday night. The Karuna camp located at Kuílaththumadu in Vaakaneari, has been functioning as Karunaís Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) office.

Chaamiyan, who was killed in the attack, was behind abductions demanding ransom and robberies in the area threatening the Tamil and Muslim civilians, the Tigers said.

The LTTE carried out a similar attack 7 days ago in Ampaa'rai district at Cho'rikalmunai, killing four Karuna group men and seizing three assault rifles.

Vinayagamoorthy Muraleetharan alias Karuna, who joined SLFP and appointed as a non-cabinet minister by Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa earlier this month, had said that he had handed over all weapons before being appointed as a minister.

 

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