Forces on the
lookout for more explosive laden lorries
The security forces were on high alert after the discovery of
another explosive laden lorry in Trincomalee on Friday. This was
the second such lorry detected by the security forces within the
month of June. The Navy acting on a tip off apprehended a
freezer truck which was transporting fish from Trincomalee to
The lorry was laden with C-4 high explosives weighing over 1,000
kilograms. The driver of the vehicle, a resident of Point Pedro,
Jaffna was apprehended and handed over to the Criminal
Investigations Department for further interrogation while the
owner of the lorry is believed to have fled to India according
to police sources.
A similar detention was made by Police at Kotavehera in
Kurunegala on June 1. The lorry detained in Kurunagala was also
packed with over 1000 kilograms of C-4 explosives.
The quantity of explosives packed into each of these two lorries
were nearly as double as to the amount used by the LTTE in the
Central Bank bombing in 1996, which devastated the commercial
hub of Colombo.