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 Post subject: LTTE’s Modera bomb centre busted
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:19 am 
LTTE’s Modera bomb centre busted
Suicide bomber blasts himself during operation

The LTTE cadre who blew himself up has been identified as Nadarajah Sherma Vijayatharan alias Vijayan, 28, from Punkuduthivu, Jaffna. Soon after the blast the army and police launched a search operation in the Modera area and recovered a cache of high powered explosives including two 20 kg and four 5 kg claymore mines, two suicide jackets, four type-82 grenades, 50 pistol ammunition, two remote controls and other material.

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@ DM / Saturday, March 01, 2008
By Senaka De Silva


A major LTTE operation in the city may have been foiled following yesterday’s recovery of a cache of high-powered explosives including two suicide jackets during a search operation in Modera just minutes after a suicide cadre blew himself up inside a house in the area, police said.

The blast killed the bomber and injured seven people including a woman Sub Inspector and two constables. Among the injured civilians were two women passers-by. Three police officers and four civilians were admitted to hospital. Three of the civilians are women. One injured police official is in critical condition.

The blast took place when the police surrounded a partially built three-storey house where an LTTE suspect was said to be hiding and the police officers broke into the second floor room after the person inside refused to open the door.

The LTTE cadre who blew himself up has been identified as Nadarajah Sherma Vijayatharan alias Vijayan, 28, from Punkuduthivu, Jaffna. A spokesman for Modera Police told the Daily News that the Police team went to Vijayatharan’s lodge on a tip-off given by another suspect arrested in Modera on Thursday.

The lodge at Aluth Mawatha, Ibbanwala Watta, Modera was cordoned off by Police around 6 a.m. yesterday and the suspect had blown himself inside the room as he felt there was no escape.

Two police teams were deployed to investigate the incident.

The Defence Ministry said the body of the bomber was badly disfigured in the explosion while iron ball-bearings could be seen strewn all over the room. “He had exploded a claymore mine inside the room. This is evident from the number of iron balls which hit the walls,” the spokesman added.

Investigations are on to ascertain whether the LTTE suspect had used a suicide jacket.

According to investigations, Vijayatharan had been living in Modera for several years along with his sister and brother-in-law. His brother-in-law had rented this house three years ago.

His sister and brother-in-law had gone to Vavuniya three days ago and were not at home at the time of this incident, Police said. Police in a subsequent search inside the house recovered two micro pistols, one 9mm pistol and another fitted with silencer along with 138 ammunition used for these pistols and two cyanide capsules.

Meanwhile, soon after the blast the army and police launched a search operation in the Modera area and recovered a cache of high powered explosives including two 20 kg and four 5 kg claymore mines, two suicide jackets, four type-82 grenades, 50 pistol ammunition, two remote controls and other material.

The latest incident came two days after the LTTE claimed eight civilians were killed in two claymore attacks inside rebel territory and blamed the army deep penetration unit for the incident. In both instances the victims were travelling in a tractor-trailer to work in the paddy fields, the LTTE peace secretariat said. The military however denied any involvement in the attacks.


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