News has reached us that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam has unloaded at least one floating warehouse of arms and especially a large quantity of artillery shells from either Chalai, Mullaithivu or Alampil in the Northeastern coast.
So far, the Tigers have launched two heavy artillery barrages at Weli Oya. Described in military terms as a harassing fire, the barrages came after a long lull where only a few intermittent shells were fired by the Tigers until a few days ago. Intelligence sources have indicated the Tigers had run out of their stocks while others have been destroyed in air force raids.
However, the recent artillery engagements in the Weli Oya sector clearly indicates that it has obtained fresh stocks from the Northeastern coast. The LTTE's reinforcement capability at sea and on land is the highest in this area.
The Sri Lanka Navy does not patrol these waters aggressively enough since large swarms of LTTE suicide boats constant act as a deterrence in these seas. In a recent attack, the SLN lost an Ultra Fast Attack Craft in seas off Nayaru and Kokilai on 22nd March 2008 at around 2.30am.
Highly confidential sources told DefenceWire that the UFAC regularly docks at this location, which others claimed the explosion occurred while it was on the move. In any event, it is now believed that 3 Black Tiger suicide bombers may have rammed a human torpedo into the hull of the boat. 10 sailors were lost in the attack.
In a further confirmation of the LTTE's new acquisitions, the Tigers launched a volume of heavy artillery fire from morning till evening at SLA's FDL at Weli Oya today. At least 25 soldiers injured in the attack on the FDL were taken to Anuradhapura Base Hospital.
Shells fell near civilian settlements at Janakapura and Kiriibbanwewa in Weli Oya and Yaya-11 in Padavi Sripura, Trincomalee injuring a civilian (Padavi Sri Pura is the last village and northern most tip of Trincomalee District bordering Mullaithivu District. Adjacent village of Padaviya is located in Anuradhapura District).
Meanwhile the Sri Lanka Army took control of a small LTTE strong point Northeast of Giant's Tank in Mannar strategically located for controlling the general area Veppankulam and Kallikulam. Casualties caused to LTTE is unclear.