Military strengthens presence in Wanni

By Damith Wickramasekara

Two new Security Forces headquarters, two air force bases and new Police stations will be established in the north to maintain security in the province before the government allows the civilians to return to their villages, officials said yesterday.

The Army will set up two Security Forces Headquarters in Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi while the Air Froce will set up its runway in the former LTTE air strip in the Iranamadu area.

Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara told The Sunday Times the Security Force
Headquarters would function in addition to the Security Forces’ Wanni Headquarters in Vavuniya. Air Force spokesman Janaka Nanayakkara said the Iranamadu area from where the LTTE operated one of its main runways would be expanded to set up an air force base, which would include a runway.
He said the runway would have the facilities for the landing of fighter jets.

He said a second base would be set up in the Mullaitivu area and would also include a runway.The Navy would set up guard points along the north-eastern and north-western coastal areas to maintain security, mainly to prevent smuggling and any intrusion, Navy Spokesman D.K.P. Dassanayaka said..
Meanwhile the Police have so far identified more than 50 locations to set up police stations and posts in the area while the provincial headquarters will be in Kilinochchi.

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