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Explosives, grenades, ball razers seized

by Sarath Malalasekera

Police believe a major disaster may have averted following an anonymous telephone call to Grandpass police at midnight Monday, when they discovered a large quantity of high explosives, grenades and ball razers used in the manufacture of claymore mines on the ground above the crude oil pipelines running from the Colombo harbour to the Sapugaskanda oil refinery.

The explosives were packed in two black polythene bags.

Investigations are also directed at tracing the origins of the weapons to trace those responsible for placing them.

The detection was made by a special police team led by Reserve Sub Inspector Ajith Peduruarachchi attached to the Grandpass police intelligence division.

Investigations directed by Colombo DIG Sirisena Herath conducted by ASP Anton Sirikumar and Chief Inspector D.S. Jayasinghe, OIC Grandpass Police revealed that the weight of the entire explosives detected was 7.650 kilos. These C-4 power high explosives were packed in a black plastic cover and placed above the underground crude oil pipe lines, investigators said.

Police also detected six high powered hand grenades. DIG Herath said with Special Task Force bomb squad assistance, Grandpass police disposed the high powered explosives.

Samples of the disposed explosives were sent to the Government Analyst for further investigations, Chief Inspector Jayasinghe said. ASP Anton Sirikumar conducting investigations, said a special intelligence team had been deployed to ascertain whether the explosives were meant for any particular purpose.

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