Akuressa police arrested nine youths believed to be LTTE cadres and an elderly person from Hulandawa plantation in Akuressa at dawn yesterday (22), a police spokesman said.
A special operation was launched from Sunday (21), with assistance from the Army, to search the area for some terrorist suspects who had infiltrated into the area. The operation was conducted under the directions of ASP Matara, Ratnatilaka.
Police said five of the suspects, arrested at the plantation, were definitely LTTE cadres and the other five persons were assisting LTTE cadres to remain in hiding in the area.
They were in the age group of between 21 and 46 and only one suspect was 70 years old. They were residents of Trincomalee and Vavuniya areas, OIC, Akuressa Police, Tissa Senanayake said.
They were to be held under detention orders by the police after they were produced before Courts police said.