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Sri Lanka beefs up sea surveillance to prevent arms infiltration

Sri Lankan security forces stepped up surveillance Thursday after receiving intelligence about a suspected arms ship in the international waters off the island’s east coast, a military source said. “The navy has dispatched two vessels to prevent such ships entering Sri Lankan territorial waters,” the military source said on condition of anonymity. The air force has also been called in to help with the operation over the next few days, the source said. The government has accused the Tamil Tigers rebels of smuggling arms during the cease-fire that both sides reached last February after two decades of civil war. Last May, the navy claimed it blew up a rebel boat carrying arms and ammunition off the east coast. The Tigers accused the navy of attacking fishing vessels. In July, Thai police on the resort island of Phuket seized a cache of weapons believed to be destined for shipment to the rebels. Full Story

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