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 Post Posted: Mon Aug 14, 2006 2:29 am 
Possible massive attack in Colombo averted

@ DM / 14 Aug 2006

Averting a possible massive attack in Colombo, Wattala police yesterday morning took into custody two suspected Tiger cadres and a lorry carrying a large haul of explosives and weapons.

The lorry contained eight claymore mines, a magnet, a GPS machine (Global Position System), three claymore boosters, eight tripods, 15 hand grenades, two cyanide capsules, two T-56 rifles, three T-56 magazines, 175 rounds of T-56 ammunition, a sniper gun, a 9mm automatic pistol, two 9mm magazines, 240 9mm ammunitions, a micro pistol, 10 detonators, 15 metres of code wire, nine 9v batteries, a remote controller, three receivers and one antenna.

According to a woman of the area she had noticed an unattended lorry parked near her house for three days and complained to Wattala police. Police had visited the scene but found nothing suspicious. When the woman complained to police for the second time yesterday they were able to arrest the two suspects who had claimed they were the driver and the cleaner of the vehicle.

One of them swallowed a cyanide capsule and committed suicide. The other suspect also consumed cyanide but was immediately rushed to the Ragama hospital in a critical condition.

Following information gathered from the suspects, the police recovered the lorry which had been parked near the ice factory close to the Mabole Mosque.

The suspects had divulged to the police that the duo along with another 10 had come in the lorry packed with explosives and weapons from the uncleared areas of East to launch a massive attack in Colombo.

Acting OIC Wattala, Inspector Gnanaratne and a special team is conducting investigations under the directions of Kelaniya division SSP Upali Gunasekara.


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