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No chemical weapons used: Lankan army

world Updated: Apr 08, 2009 22:12 IST

The LTTE has accused the Sri Lankan Army of using chemical weapons against them while capturing Pudukudiyirippu, the last territory held by them, a claim strongly rejected by the government on Wednesday.

The pro-LTTE website Tamilnet on Tuesday alleged that the Lankan Army had ‘extensively used chemical weapons´ against Tigers in Pudukudiriyiruppu.

“Sri Lankan Army extensively used chemical weapons on LTTE combatants at Pudukudiyiruppu (PTK) during the weekend, according to Lawrence, a senior commander of the LTTE, who personally encountered the attack and escaped,” Tamilnet said.

It added that the Defence Ministry had claimed to have killed hundreds of Tiger combatants, including senior commanders in PTK in the last few days, however many of whom who had seen the photographs released by the Lankan ministry were suspicious of the use of chemical weapons.

“But now the accusation comes from the LTTE,” the website said, adding “the Tiger sources neither confirmed the type of the chemical weapon nor said anything on the casualties claimed by Colombo”.

Meanwhile, the Army today denied using chemical weapons in the LTTE stronghold of Pudukudiyirippu which it captured earlier this week.