TID probes recovery of high explosives in a lorry in Bingiriya | Sri Lanka News

Two suspects who were arrested while transporting high-powered explosives in a lorry at Vilattawa in Bingiriya were handed over to the Terrorism Investigation Division (TID) to determine whether they were involved in any terrorist activities or posed a threat to national security.

Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa said that initial investigations however has ruled out a terrorism link but the suspects are being interrogated under the detention order.

The Bingiriya Police arrested two suspects while transporting high explosives in a lorry on the Kurunegala – Mannar road. 

The lorry had been stopped at a road checkpoint in Vilattawa and the explosives were found in a secret compartment built inside the lorry. The police found 89 pipes laden with explosives, service threads used for explosions, 900 electric detonators packed in 9 boxes with 100 each used to detonate bombs in the secret chamber.

The two suspects aged 33 and 34 were identified as residents of Silawathura, Mannar.

The spokesman said during interrogation the suspects had said they were taking the explosives to Mannar to be used for fishing.

Investigations revealed that one of the suspects arrested was also arrested a few years ago with explosives.

SSP Thalduwa said the TID are investigating to determine on what purpose those explosives and detonators were being transported and from where those had been obtained. (Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

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