With only three more days to go for the Independence day, security in Colombo has been beefed up significantly. A large number of troops from the Army, Air Force, Police and the Police Special Task Force (STF) have been deployed in the City of Colombo fearing LTTE attacks to disrupt the proceedings of the independence day. Military Intelligence had previously warned about possible LTTE attacks during this period targeting both military and civilian targets in the south.
Meanwhile a team of 94 commandos from the Police Special Task Force (STF) passed out yesterday after completing a 3 month long training exercise. Their specialized training was centered around combating terrorism in civilian populated areas. STF has been assigned a major role in security of Colombo after the recent bombings. It currently employs around 8000 highly trained commandos recruited both from within and externally from the police.
Despite security concerns, Sri Lanka is set to celebrate independence day with a show of military might. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Defence Force and the Police are to take part in the independence day parade. SLN is set to show off it's warships SLNS Suranimala, SLNS Sayura, SLNS Sagara and SLNS Samudura along with a range of other Fast Attack Crafts. Air Force will have its own display of Kfirs, Mig27s, F-7s, Mi-24s and various other transport aircraft during the ceremony. According to our information, army's newly formed mechanized infantry brigade too is set to take part in the parade.
In other news the "Dayata Kirula" exhibition is set to feature a lot of weapons, vehicles and utilities used by the tri forces of Sri Lanka. In addition to these, arms captured from LTTE including their 30 feet long sea tiger vessel "Indumathi" will also be shown in the exhibition.