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Terrorism-related Incidents in Colombo - 2007






January 6, 2007

Police raided the Colombo office of the TRO, but finding only a caretaker in the building searched the premises. The raid follows similar search operations in Trincomalee and Vavuniya a day earlier.


February 4, 2007

Troops recovered a claymore mine hidden in a three-wheeler by the LTTE which reportedly planned to attack Colombo on the eve of 59th Independence Day celebrations.


February 6, 2007

A passenger bus, traveling from Colombo to Batticaloa was waylaid and robbed by LTTE cadres in the general area of Karuwankerni.


March 3, 2007

Police found five bodies in a marsh at Kandana near Colombo and suspect that they are victims in a renewed civil war with LTTE.


April 4, 2007

The unidentified dead body of a youth was recovered at Sapuskanda in the Kelaniya area of Colombo district.


April 29, 2007

An LTTE aircraft bombed oil and gas storage facilities in and around capital Colombo at 1.45 am. It dropped two bombs at the Muthurajawela gas storage facility of Shell and two more bombs at the main oil storage depot at Kolonnawa. The defence ministry said, "The suspected LTTE aircraft have (dropped) four improvised bombs. One of the two bombs dropped on Muthurajawela caused minor damage to the fire guard equipment of a private gas company and the other damaged water supply," adding, the two bombs dropped on the Kolonnawa, which houses the offices of the Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminals Limited in which Lanka IOC, a unit of Indian Oil Corporation, has one-third stake, failed to explode.


May 24, 2007

A suspected LTTE suicide bomber on an explosive laden motor bicycle rammed a bus carrying army personnel on the first cross street in capital Colombo at around 9:00 am killing two soldiers and wounding five persons.


May 28, 2007

Seven civilians were killed and 42 persons, including 36 civilians and six STF personnel, sustained injuries in a LTTE-triggered remote-controlled claymore mine explosion targeting STF vehicle at Belekkade Junction in the Rathmalana area of Colombo district. The STF vehicle moving towards Colombo was slightly damaged with its windscreen completely smashed.


May 29, 2007

One STF personnel injured in the LTTE-triggered claymore mine explosion targeting STF vehicle at Belekkade Junction in the Rathmalana area of Colombo district succumbed to his injuries, raising the death toll to eight. Meanwhile, the Media Centre for National Security informed that 21 persons have been taken into custody under suspicion for the attack and they are being interrogated.


June 3, 2007

Forty-seven people were arrested in the capital Colombo for suspected LTTE links during a special 24-hour search operation which ended at 6 am local time on June 3. The police feared that LTTE cadres may have infiltrated the capital among those who have sought temporary accommodation in the city.


June 7, 2007

Police started eviction of Tamils from the capital Colombo as part of a crackdown against LTTE suspects. Tamil men, women and children, lodged at low-budget hostels, were forced out of their rooms, ordered into buses and driven off under armed escorts, residents said. The move followed an announcement by the Inspector General of Police Victor Perera last week that Tamils "loitering" in Colombo were a threat to national security and that they will be given transport to return to their villages.


June 8, 2007

Police recovered a claymore mine, weighing about 7-kg, laid at the foot of a lamp post near the Police Quarters in the Maligawatta area of Colombo town.


June 10, 2007

Prime Minister Rathnasiri Wickramanayaka disclosed that the LTTE had sent another truck with over 1,000 kilograms of explosives. "We are searching for another lorry, which can cause a major damage. The explosives in that truck were enough to blow up half of Colombo," the Prime Minister said without giving any details.


June 12, 2007

Suspected LTTE cadres destroyed a transformer using explosives in the Orugodawaththa area of Colombo district.


June 13, 2007

A powerful claymore mine, weighing 12-kg, packed in a school bag was found near the Colombo-Matara railway track in the Wellawatta area of Colombo district. Police said that the claymore mine was hidden among bushes on the sea shore near the Nelson Lane off the rail road in Wellawatta.


June 16, 2007

Sri Lankan police has intensified security measures in the capital Colombo. Rohan Abeywardena, Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Colombo security, said that special plans are underway to check possible infiltration by the LTTE cadres to carry out attacks in the city, adding, at least three suspected LTTE cadres had been arrested in the city since June 14.


June 27, 2007

The government defence affairs spokesperson, Keheliya Rambukwella, said that a number of suspects involved in abduction for ransom have been arrested during the last week.

A time-bomb was found at Delkanda Market along a road leading to a conference venue in Maharagama, near capital Colombo, where President Mahinda Rajapakse was addressing the 17th General Assembly of the SLFP. Rajapakse reportedly used a helicopter to come to the convention centre and return to Temple Trees.


July 23, 2007

The MCNS said the intelligence sources had revealed information that LTTE had dispatched two bomb laden trucks to the Colombo and suburbs to create sabotage.


August 15, 2007

Two claymore mines (weighing about 9-kg and 5-kg), three hand grenades and one detonator were recovered by the troops from the Ideal Guest Inn at Sinasabha Road in the Wellawatta area of Colombo district. Deputy Inspector General of Police Jayantha Wickramaratne said the LTTE may have been using the guest house as a transit point to transport the claymores to their intended target.


August 20, 2007

A Tamil journalist, Sathyavel Prabhash, who was abducted in Colombo several months ago was found in Kandy. The journalist told police that he was abducted by the LTTE and threatened not to supply pictures to Sinhala newspapers.


August 22, 2007

The LTTE demanded a rupee one million ransom from the owner of the Ideal Guest lodge in Wellawatte as compensation for the loss of two claymore mines detected at the lodge on a tip-off by the owner.


August 23, 2007

A high security alert for a possible LTTE attack in an immediate suburb of capital Colombo led to the arrest of 14 suspects. SFs raided Nugegoda, a popular residential suburb east of Colombo, and arrested 12 Sinhalese and two Tamils. The search was conducted on information that the LTTE may carry out a bomb blast in and around Nugegoda.

The Colombo Magistrate ordered the release of a Tamil Hindu priest accused by the authorities of helping LTTE cadres. The priest and the trustee of the Hindu temple in the Kayts island of Jaffna peninsula were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in May 2007 after explosives belonging to the LTTE were found hidden in the temple premises. They had been detained by the Terrorism Investigation Division in the capital Colombo since their arrest resulting in their filing a fundamental rights petition seeking release.


September 5, 2007

Police recovered nine kilograms of explosives near the railway track at two different locations in the Dehiwela coastal area of Colombo district, informed Deputy Inspector General of Police, Jayantha Wickramaratne. Seven-kg of C-4 explosives concealed in 14 small packets and a mobile phone were recovered by the Dehiwela police at around 9.40 am, he said. Hours later, the Dehiwela police also recovered two-kg of C-4 explosives hidden in a thicket around 100 meters away from the coastal area. "The high powered explosives were packed in four boxes each weighing 500 g. The police recovered a total of 18 boxes with 500 g C4 explosives in each box," Wickramaratne disclosed.


September 14, 2007

Police and security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the High Security Zone area close to the oil tanks in Kolonnawa in the outskirts of Colombo and arrested 47 suspects, police sources said. The majority of the arrested are Indian origin ethnic Tamils from areas such as Vavuniya and Hatton.


September 19, 2007

Sri Lankan police claimed that they had found a dozen bombs hidden in a building in Colombo and arrested two people in connection with the incident. "We did a search operation in Kotahena Jampettah Street Tuesday night and found the bombs hidden in a building," a police spokesman said. The police said that LTTE may have transported the bombs to the capital.


October 3, 2007

Troops on foot patrol at the Lake House roundabout in Colombo found an unattended bag containing explosives and other accessories from the inside of a shop. The recoveries included 125-gm of explosives, five smoke bombs, one mobile charger, 15-ft of flexible wire, 2-ft of safety wire, one non electrical detonator, eight ration packets and one air force camouflage uniform.


November 28, 2007

The EPDP leader and Minister for Social Welfare, Douglas Devananda, escaped unhurt when a polio affected woman suicide cadre of the LTTE blew herself up at his office at Isipathana road in the Narahenpita area of Colombo. While the Minister was in his office waiting to see members of the public, the woman was allowed to get into the office complex unchecked considering her disability but the PRO of the Minister conducted checking on the physically challenged woman along with others who had come to see the Minister. However, the disguised LTTE woman cadre blew herself up when the physical checking was being done by the PRO. The blast critically injured the PRO, one Ministerial aide and one officer of Ministerial Security Division, who succumbed to his injuries later.


November 28, 2007

At least 19 civilians were killed and 35 others injured as a suspected parcel bomb exploded near a popular fashion store at Nugegoda junction near Colombo around 5.55 pm. Police believe that the bomb had been placed in one of the parcel counters at the No Limit clothing store by a suspected LTTE militant who had left the incident site.


December 3, 2007

Security forces recovered a bomb from inside an unattended parcel detected near a telephone post opposite the house of Tamil National Alliance Jaffna District Parliamentarian M.K. Shivagilingam at Jawattha around 8:40 am.






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