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Was seven kilo bomb targeted at politician or STF officers?

Was the seven kilo bomb packed with TNT explosives found at the 9th mile post on the Colombo - Kandy road, near the Pushparamaya Temple at Kadawatha last Thursday meant for a politician or for a vehicle carrying senior officers of the Special Task Force (STF) from the Gonahena STF camp. Or was it meant to blow up a private bus carrying a large number of STF staff to the Gonahena camp. However, police sources said that they do not know exactly at whom the bomb was targeted. But they suspect that it was meant to blow up one of the vehicles carrying STF commandos to or from the Gonahena Camp.

The army bomb disposal squad after defusing the powerful bomb containing TNT explosives, found a timer along with the bomb. Had the bomb exploded at a time when an STF vehicle was passing near the 9th milepost it would have been catastrophic. Several STF personnel or a high ranking officer would have perished in the explosion similar to the one that killed Senior Supdt. of Police, Upul Seneviratne a few months ago at Digana, Kandy.

The bomb was first spotted by a Municipal garbage collector on Thursday morning around 8.45 near the 9th milepost.
The bomb was wrapped inside a bag. He had then informed a trishaw driver who promptly went to the Kadawatha police station and informed OIC Kadawatha Chief Inspector, M. K. R. A. Guneratne about it.

Speaking to the ‘Sunday Observer’, Chief Inspector Guneratne said that no one had been arrested in this connection. “We have questioned 21 persons who live close to the Pushparama Temple and released them due to lack of evidence. The bomb was later sent to the Government Analyst Department for a report through a court order.

Meanwhile, a senior police officer said that OICs of police stations have been briefed to be more vigilant these days about explosives. Several unexploded bombs were found last month near the Welisara Navy Camp, Borella and at Wellawatte due to the timely action taken by the public and security forces.

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