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 Post Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:54 pm 
300 detained after discovery of bomb in Colombo

The 20-kilogram bomb was hidden inside the fuel tank of a vehicle belonging to a local official from Kilinochchi. It was the third claymore mine found in Colombo this month, the Defence Ministry said. The discovery was made following a tip off from a resident living next to the Kolonnawa oil storage depot.

@ Agencies/ Zee News
June 27, 2007


Colombo, June 27: Sri Lankan police today detained around 300 people following a pre-dawn swoop after the discovery of a powerful mine near an oil storage facility here.

Heavily armed constables carried out the mass arrests at Obesekarapura, near the Kolonnawa oil storage complex, police said adding that the operation was launched after yesterday's discovery of a 20-kilogram bomb.

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It was the third claymore mine found in Colombo this month, the Defence Ministry said.

The 20-kilogram (32-pound) bomb was hidden inside the fuel tank of a vehicle belonging to a local official from the island's Tamil Tiger-held northern district of Kilinochchi, the ministry said.

The military had defused the bomb while police arrested three people, the ministry said adding that further investigations were under way. The discovery was made following a tip off from a resident living next to the Kolonnawa oil storage depot.

Police said about 250 women were among those detained this morning. Only about 100 out of the total 300 detained were held for further questioning.




Shocking Detection

Source: Situation Report / ST / Sunday, July 1, 2007

Another shocking find was the detection of a 20 kilogramme claymore mine in a house at Obeysekerapura near Borella this week. It was meant to be used to assassinate a VIP travelling to Parliament. The entry made in the Information Book of the Borella Police by its officer-in-charge, Chief Inspector Kamal Pushpakumara tells the story.

Residents at Gothami Road had telephoned 119 (Emergency) to report on the suspicious movements of some persons. They had arrived in a three wheeler with a diesel tank. Thereafter, the same persons had taken away another diesel tank in another three wheeler. They were taken to Borella Police and questioned. The Double Cab from which the fuel tank had been removed was also taken there. Since nothing incriminating was found, they were on the verge of being released together with the vehicle. This is when sleuths of the State Intelligence Service (SIS) moved in.

They learnt of the arrest. They have had prior information about a move to smuggle claymore mines and explosives into the City. They continued the interrogation and a revealing breakthrough came. The Double Cab was a Government vehicle that has been assigned to the Assistant Commissioner of Local Government, Kilinochchi district, A.G. Balasunderam. After having dropped him at a location in the City, the driver had driven to Maradana. This was on the basis of instructions given by a person suspected to be the handler. He had telephoned from London to the driver who had a mobile telephone.

He had picked up a person from Maradana and proceeded to a house in Obeysekerapura. There, the driver had picked up a second person and proceeded to Gothami Road. The diesel tank of the Double Cab was then removed and taken to the house in Obeysekerapura in a three wheeler taxi. Thereafter, from that house they had brought another diesel tank to Gothami Road. This is when the residents made the call to 119.

A team of SIS detectives, Police Special Task Force (STF) commandos and men from the Borella Police proceeded to the house in Obeysekerapura. When a search revealed nothing, they questioned the chief householder. He first denied but later led them to a banana grove. There the fuel tank lay buried. It was cut open and the team found the 20 kilo claymore mine neatly concealed. It was placed in one pocket of a two sided pouch that was meant to be placed on a motor cycle. It had been painted in silver colour suggesting the motor cycle could also be the same. Though the driver or the man in the house was unaware of the target, detectives believe it was meant for a VIP travelling to or from Parliament. They fear the side charge claymore mine was meant to be detonated when the VIP was on the move and the rider of the motorcycle came alongside.


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