Japan helped build channel for LTTE underwater craft
Last Updated: Friday, September 04, 2009, 20:15
Colombo: The LTTE had built submersible vessels and a long secret channel for launching underwater craft with the help of some Japanese experts who came to Sri Lanka for tsunami relief work, a media report claimed today.

"A group of Japanese experts, who had been given access to the LTTE-held area shortly after tsunami in December 2004, had helped the rebels to build a channel to launch underwater craft," the Island newspaper claimed citing confession of a detained Tamil Tiger.

It said the Japanese team had also helped the rebels develop submersibles, though the first trial of the craft was not successful.

The foreigners had worked on the tunnel project for some time in a high-security zone in the Puthukudirippu area in the north, the newspaper quoted "well-informed sources" as saying.

Though the 58 Division of the Army had found a 360-ft long and 25-ft wide tunnel and a 300-ft long and 30-ft deep dock in early May, "the involvement of Japanese experts in this project had not come to light until recently," it said.

Sources said the troops had captured the tunnel in the Irattavaikkal three weeks before the army finished off the LTTE leadership on the banks of Nanthikadal lagoon on May 19.

The LTTE planned to float the submersible from the dock to the sea through the camouflaged tunnel, the newspaper said. The sources said the LTTE could have used the same technique to take in a submersible.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, September 04, 2009, 20:15

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