Sri Lanka recovers LTTE's heavy weaponry
Colombo: The Sri Lankan Army have stumbled upon buried heavy artillery guns, used by the LTTE in their decades-long separatist campaign, after heavy storm lashed the region where the final stages of the battle were fought.
The military spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya said that troops found four 152 mm artillery barrels and one 130 mm piece at Mullaithivu, the former rebel group's military capital.
"They had buried it along the coast and the cache was exposed due to a storm surge in the area," Wanigasuriya said.
"We knew that the terrorists used heavy weapons, but this is physical evidence of their big artillery guns."
"Tigers fired these artillery pieces from areas where the civilians were sheltering in the final stages of the war," Wanigasooriya said.
The discovery came ahead of a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Review taking place in Geneva tomorrow.
International rights groups - the London-based Amnesty International and the New York-based Human Rights Watch said Sri Lanka had failed to show progress in upholding human rights since the conflict with the LTTE ended in 2009.