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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2619

Sri Lanka: Explosive materials found in a guest house in Wellawatte

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 16 August, (Asiantribune.com): The police and the army detected two deadly claymore mines in a travel bag lying in a guest house frequented by people coming from Northern Province to Colombo.

“The man who brought the bag to the guest house has come from Vavuniya a besieged district marked by frequent attacks by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.”said Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe , the Sri Lanka Army spokesman.

The police said the 9kilogram and 5 kilogram mines that could have harmed many people had all the hallmarks of the LTTE.

The Defense Ministry said the mines and detonators and three hand grenades were discovered at a lodge in Wellawatte, called Ideal Guest Inn, in Sinsaaba Road, opposite Wellawatte’s Savoy Cinema, Colombo.

Wellawatte - the majority Tamil area in the city of Colombo has been used for terrorist activities by the LTTE in the past for safe houses and storage for explosive devices.

Police sources said the Police are now searching for the Vavuniya man who brought the explosive devices.

The Police said the discovery was possible as the civilians tipped off about the presence of explosives in the visitor’s bag.

Claymore mine found in the guest house at Wellawatte, ColomboClaymore mine found in the guest house at Wellawatte, Colombo

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- Asian Tribune -

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