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Tamil man arrested over alleged possession of rifle

A 47-year-old Tamil man has been arrested in Omanthai yesterday, on charges that he allegedly was in possession of a T-56 assault rifle and ammunition.

The man, who has not yet been identified, was arrested after Sri Lankan police raided a house in Konthakankulam area in Omanthai. Police stated they had received a confidential tip-off with regards to the rifle.

They allege to have found the rifle with 189 pieces of ammunition.

Sri Lankan police report more investigations are underway.

The latest arrest comes just weeks after Sri Lankan police arrested a former LTTE cadre in Trincomalee, after a similar tip-off allegedly recovered several weapons and ammunition, as well as t-shirts with the face of LTTE leader Veluppillai Prabhakaran and Tamil Eelam logos.


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