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 Post Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2008 3:45 pm 
Powerful bomb disposed 10 seconds before blast in Anuradhapura

The bomb was to explode within 10 seconds before its deactivation by the sailor. The incident happened around 11.30 a.m. today and approximately 4000 people had gathered at the fair to do their Sunday shopping.

@ SLN /10th February 2008

Due to the swift action of a sailor of the Sri Lanka Navy, a large carnage and mayhem was averted at a Sunday Fair in Anuradhapura.

Spotting a time bomb planted by the terrorists, Petty Officer NSW Bandara had disconnected the two wires fitted to the bomb before the arrival of the Bomb Disposal Team. The improvised bomb, made with 1.5 kilograms of lethal C 4 explosives, was packed in to a plastic can and was wrapped in a shopping bag. It had been placed in between a fruit stall and a shoe repair centre located inside the fair. The bomb was to explode within 10 seconds before its deactivation by the sailor.

The incident happened around 11.30 a.m. today and approximately 4000 people had gathered at the fair to do their Sunday shopping. Petty officer Bandara, who is attached to the Kondachchikudah Naval Sub Unit in Silawathura, had been at the fair shopping while on leave.

After locating the bomb, PO Bandara had taken measures to evacuate the people from the scene to ensure their safety. He had assisted the Police and the Bomb Disposal Team to carry out a search and clear operation to detect other possible explosive devices in the vicinity.

The sacred capital, Anuradhapura, must be feeling proud to have a true son of her own soil coming to the rescue her from witnessing a great human tragedy.

PO Bandara is a resident of Maha Nelubewa, Hidogama, Anuradhapura.


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