Call for public vigilance during festive season
COLOMBO: Security authorities yesterday appealed to the public
to be more vigilant specially during the festive season since there is
possibility of the LTTE launching desperate attacks similar to the bus
bomb explosion in Kondawattuwan, Ampara.
Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said there is a
possibility of Tiger terrorists resorting to this type of attack as they
did in Nittambuwa and Hikkaduwa on January 5 and 6 when they were losing
the battle in Vakarai.
Brigadier Samarasinghe said that the bomb explosion in a Sri Lanka
Transport Board bus in Koddawattuwan is similar to the bomb explosions
in Nittambuwa and Hikkaduwa in January this year.
"We suspect that the bomb has been placed in the hood rack of the
bus," the Brigadier added.Sixteen people were killed and 25 others
including children were injured in the bus explosion on Monday at
He said Police investigations are on to ascertain how the incident
took place. Police spokesman Senior DIG Jayantha Wickremaratne told the
media yesterday that the same type of explosion can take place at any
moment at railway stations, bus stands or in any other place specially
during this festive season.
"The Police have launched a special security plan for the festive
season to ensure the security of the people," he added.
However, he said public support is needed to detect suspicious people
and parcels to avert such incidents.