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News


Major attack in Colombo averted
Suicide cadre arrested; claymore haul seized

By Santhush Fernando
Security forces yesterday recovered seven claymore mines along with ten kilograms of explosives reportedly from the suburbs of Colombo. A suspected suicide bomber was also taken into custody by the army on Friday.
A spokesman for the media centre for National Security told The Nation that the mines and explosives were discovered from the general area of the Western Province and did not mention the specific area citing continuing investigations.
It is alleged that the haul of explosives were recovered from Wellawatte and is suspected to have been brought for a major attack on a civilian or military target to coincide with the Heroes Week celebrations.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir jets strafed a Black Tiger Base in Iranamadu imposing heavy damages, around 10 am yesterday.
Two Kfir bombers flew over Kilinochchi and bombed a location about 4 km southeast of Kilinochchi dropping more than 8 lethal cargo, the pro-LTTE website Tamil Net reported.
The Sri Lanka Air Force campaign of aerial bombings continued for the fifth day as the Tiger held Vanni began to observe a 3-day remembrance celebrations which commenced yesterday, prior to the Heroes Day tomorrow (November 27).
Meanwhile Habaraduwa Police recovered a sizeable quantity of C 4 explosives and ball bearings after a female employee of the Koggala Free Trade Zone (FTZ) observed a suspicious looking parcel and reported it to police last morning.
The explosives device was deactivated by Army bomb disposal team from Boossa and Habaraduwa Police is conducting further investigations.
During a combined search operation conducted in Vavuniya by the Special Task Force (STF), Army and Police yesterday, a claymore mine was recovered along the Vavuniya-Mannar Road.
Two Policemen were injured and admitted to hospital when a route clearing patrol came under a claymore attack in Puwarasankulam in Vavuniya, last morning. Four LTTE cadres including an area leader was killed in Sangamankada, Ampara when STF troops on a route clearing patrol which came under attack, retaliated yesterday. A large cache of arms was also recovered and one STF officer was reported injured.