|Thursday, 27 September 2001|
Tigers seize cattle for mass transport: Sri Lankan army
COLOMBO, Sept 26 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers have begun rounding up cattle in the island's east in a bid to use the animals to transport weapons and other supplies, the army said Wednesday.
The separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) have stolen about 300 cattle from farmers in the eastern town of Eravur this week, the army said on its web site.
"These herds are indiscriminately deployed to carry goods, ammunition and materials for obvious reasons as terrorists were running short of vehicles and fuel," the report said.
It said the animals were also sent ahead of rebel attacks to clear mine fields.
There was no immediate reaction from the LTTE to the military report.
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