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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2963

Accidental claymore explosion kills a driver, two in a nearby house and turns the vehicle into ashes

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 11 October, ( A suspected LTTE claymore bomb accidentally exploded in a van and killed the driver and two others while destroying a nearby house and a parked trishaw cab. Most parts of the van turned into ashes by the explosion.

The headquarters Insepector of Vavuniya Kumara Sandanayaka said all the time the van was parked in front of the Vavuniya Police station having taken into custody by the police for a traffic offence and was released in the morning about 9 a.m. by the Vavuniya magistrate ,October 10. The vehicle has been parked since September 25.

The driver is one Pathmanadan from Kilinochchi. His body was destroyed by the explosion beyond recognition.

The police said after being released from the police custody the vehicle has arrived at a house in Punthottam in Periyakulam in Vavuniya. The driver was reversing the vehicle in to the court yard of a house when it exploded destroying itself and the drivers relative’s house killing two others. The dead of the house have been identified as Karupiah Paalsamy (54) and his wife Paalsamy kanagamma (45).

The Police said it was investigating whether the claymore bomb was put inside the van targeting the police personnel by the LTTE or whether Pathmanadan was transporting the bomb in his van after the release for any other terrorist purpose.

In any event the explosion of the bomb is thought to be accidental. The explosion occurred when the vehicle was reversing into the garden of Palsaamy.

The explosion was so powerful it destroyed the van into ashes, destroyed the house of Paalsamy and destroyed a parked trishaw cab.

The only son of the Paalsamy couple , Paalsamy Ilango with two other passers by were also seriously injured and were admitted to the Vavuniya General Hospital.

Ilango in a statement to the police said he had only seen Pathmanadan , the man said to be from Kilinochchi only very recently and did not know him that well. He said he happened to be a relative of his mother.

An army photograph shows Paalsamy’s house had collapsed after explosion and the van fully destroyed.

- Asian Tribune -

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