A deadly thermobaric weapon left behind by the fleeing Tigers was recovered from the Verugal area in Trincomalee a day after an anti-aircraft missile was recovered from the Thoppigala area, a top military expert told the Daily Mirror yesterday.
`This particular weapon is banned by some countries, as it contains chemicals,` he said. The official also said that the intense heat generated by the thermobaric weapon can destroy anything within minutes after it hits a target. `We have to get more details about this weapon, and a special weapons expert will examine it soon,` he said.
According to military sources, troops also recovered three disposable Rocket Propelled Grenades, 1250 rounds of 5.6 mm ammunition, 5300 rounds of 5.56 mm ammunition and 2130 rounds of ammunition for pistols.
Meanwhile, in the early hours of yesterday, a group of LTTE cadres fleeing from Thoppigala tried to cross the Trincomalee-Habarana main road at Galmitiyawa. They were confronted by home guards in the area, the battle lasting for a few hours, the sources said.
Army reinforcements rushed to the scene and immediately conducted a search of the area which led to the recovery five T-56 weapons and three bodies of Tiger terrorists, they said.
The bodies are to be handed over to the ICRC shortly, military sources said.
Caption: The deadly thermobaric weapon along with three Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher.