A suicide jacket, a stock of explosives and ammunition have been recovered from a house in the Maravanpulo area on the A32 road within the Chawakatchcheri police area in Jaffna District, police said. Police officers discovered a suicide jacket, 4 Claymore mines, 3 parcels containing around 12kg of TNT, 2 packets of 9mm ammo (100 bullets) and 2 battery packs used to detonate the claymore mines. It is suspected that the explosives and other equipment had been hidden in the area during the war. Police had reportedly raided the house on a tip-off that the owner had in his possession drugs and marijuana and during the raid the suspect had fled the area. Further investigations are being carried out to apprehend the suspect and regarding the discovery.
The discovery of a suicide kit and explosives in Vallakulam, Chavakachcheri wasn’t a threat for the national security, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said today. Addressing a press conference, Mr. Hettiarachchi said there’s a huge gap between the national security and the discovery of such explosives. He also said there could be such items, which had been abandoned and gathered during the war period.
“Discoveries of such guns and explosives are frequently reported to us from these areas during the past years. Especially the Police are carrying out investigations regarding them and it is a responsibility of them to solve such issues. The defence forces won’t work on such matters,” he added. He said the Defence Ministry’s responsibility was to estimate and validate the threat to the national security after obtaining such reports from the Police. “If the Police were in need of any support from the defence sector, we are ready to help them,” he added. (Kalathma Jayawardhane)
“Therefore the Government should not conceal the truth. However, we noticed the Government had published false amounts of explosives found in Chavakachcheri. We urge them to find those who involved in the incident, the purpose of them and whether this was just one incident in a planned network,” he said. Former Agriculture Minister Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that the national security could not be handled properly because many officers of the Intelligence Service had been jailed over various allegations. – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/107609/Threat-to-national-security-Joint-Opp-#sthash.I63dg2pp.dpuf