Search operation in Batticaloa

[TamilNet, Sunday, 18 July 1999, 14:06 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) and Police cordoned off the villages of Puthunakar, Cheththukkuda and Thimilaithivu, about 2 km. west of Batticaloa town, and conducted a search operation from 5 a.m. this morning, said sources.

All transport on the Batticaloa air port road and through the Vavunathivu bridge was stopped and no one was allowed to leave the villages the, sources added.

All the houses were searched during the combined search operation. The security forces told the villagers that they should not accommodate anyone other than those who permanently live there.

It could not be confirmed whether anyone was detained during the search operation.


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