ARMY DISCOVERS LTTE WARE HOUSE CONTAINING THOUSANDS OF BAGS OF CHEMICAL FERTILIZER TO BE USED AS EXPLOSIVES.
By Walter Jayawardhana
Sri Lanka Army soldiers who are continuing to venture into the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) held Pudukudiirippu area have discovered a large warehouse containing thousands of tons of chemical fertilizer issued to the Northern farmers for rice cultivation.
Army sources said, “This is another discovery of chemical fertilizer suppled to the Tamil farmers in the North suspected to have been plundered by the LTTE to be used as explosives.”
The Sri Lanka government issues chemical fertilizers to the farmers at a subsidized prize to boost the agricultural production of the country.
Soldiers of the Sinha Regiment 8 have made the discovery of the fertilizer warehouse at a place called Udayar Kattu in the Pudukudiirippu West area.
The LTTE is one of the pioneering terrorist groups in the world to use fertilizer as explosives even before the Western governments knew its use as a terrorist weapon.
Initially , Western governments thought that the control of fertilizer to the terrorist prone areas by Sri Lankan administrations of yester year was a violation of human rights of the Tamil farmers.
But after the deadly bombing of the Oklahoma Federal building by terrorists it became widely known that Amonium Nitrate and urea, two widely used fertilizers can be used to make deadly bombs.
Because of its easy availability due to the ability of the LTTE to plunder the government’s subsidized stocks of fertilizer , easy assembly of the bombs and the magnitude of destructive force unleashed upon detonation it had become an item of demand by the LTTE.
The attack of the USS Cole, naval destroyer on October 12 2000 in the port of Aden in Yemen, believed to have taken place under the influence of the LTTE but by a different terrorist group, is supposed to have been carried out with an ANFO- a fertilizer explosive device.
ANFO is a “stoichimetrically balanced mixture of approximately 94 percent ammonium nitrate and 6 percent fuel oil or kerosene. To explode an ANFO , as a detonator a blast cap or dynamite is used.”
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