PBIED and Weapons Seized in Sri Lanka

Apr 14, 2016

On March 30, 2016, the Sri Lankan Police recovered a PBIED, improvised Claymore mines, explosives and small arms' ammunition in the home of a former operative of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, in the town of Chavakachcheri, in Sri Lanka's Northern Province. The munition items appear to date back to the Sri Lankan Civil War (1983-2009) between the terrorist organization and the Sri Lankan government.

In posting documentation of the raid, the Sri Lankan opposition is attempting to claim that the government is losing control, and the weapons are evidence of attempts to revive the LTTE and the group's endeavors to rearm. In contrast, government sources posit that the weapons were intended for use in the assassination of President Maithripala Sirisena, who was scheduled to visit Jaffna on April 3, 2016.

In our estimation, these allegations are attempts to garner political gains, both by the opposition and the government. No initiation systems or detonators for the PBIED or the IEDs were documented among the items recovered. We therefore conclude that this is an old LTTE weapons cache from the time of the Civil War, comprising weapons that were not destroyed or surrendered at the cessation of hostilities. To purchase the full report please contact shani@terrogence.com