LTTE cadres have withdrawn to the area north of Trincomalee under severe pressure as a result of the recent limited military operations in the Peraru area, a press statement issued from the Media Center for National Security said yesterday.
It also said: `The Security Forces since then have continuously conducted search operations in the area. A great contributory factor for the success of these operations conducted by the Army is the support provided by the Navy and the Air Force.
During these Army operations a well equipped LTTE training camp for 40 was also destroyed. A medical complex fully provided and equipped to accommodate 50 located in the area with medical equipment and drugs has also been captured by troops.
The two LTTE camps established in Peraru area and identified as transit camps for terrorists moving to Sampur and Vakarai were captured by the Army.
Meanwhile the Army targeted the LTTE cadres fleeing to West Veppankulam with artillery and multi- barrel rocket launchers inflicting heavy casualties.
The Security Forces have stated that these successful operations have provided the villagers and civilians in the vicinity of the Trincomalee ? Thiriyaya Road and the Trincomalee- Morawewa area with more security.
The Army has recovered large stocks of weapons and ammunition from the captured LTTE camps. These military hardware items recovered include Claymore mines, 81 mm mortars, hand grenades, T 56 assault rifles, anti ? personnel mines, RPG bombs, 60mm mortars and bombs, motor cycles and a huge stock of ammunition.
In a two-day search operation conducted by the Navy supported by the Air Force and the Army in the Nilaweli ? Kumuruppidi area located two abandoned LTTE terrorist camps. In a search operation conducted by the Navy and the Army a large stocks of weapons and other warlike items were also recovered.`