Colombo entry points jammed
Long traffic jams with vehicles and
people stranded for several hours were seen at all entry
points to Colombo yesterday as the security forces launched
another massive search operaton following the detection
of a haul of explosives at the Vavuniya-Medawachchiya
checkpoint on Friday.
Vehicles entering Colombo were searched
at the two Kelaniya bridges, Mattakkuliya, Moratuwa
and Battaramulla yesterday morning.
|The scene at
Katubedda yesterday as security forces launched
a major search operation in Colombo and suburbs.
A defence official claimed that yesterday’s
search was part of a routine operation carried out in
Colombo from time to time.
At the Vavuniya-Medawachchiya checkpoint,
police detected two suicide jackets with accessories
and arrested a suspected LTTE cadre.
The vehicle was believed to be heading
for Colombo. The explosives had been carefully concealed
inside a modified fuel tank.
Acting on information provided by
the suspect, police found two micro pistols and 50 rounds
of ammunition at a house in Hunupitiya, Wattala.
The police also arrested nine LTTE