Experts warn of more explosions in Sri Lanka
Last Updated: Sunday, September 26, 2010, 19:02
Colombo: Explosives kept at 80 per cent of the police stations across Sri Lanka are not securely stored thus posing a grave threat typical of the Karadiyanaru explosion, that had killed 27, experts have warned.

"Given this serious situation, the authorities have decided to transfer the high powered explosives as well as chargers used to detonate bombs now haphazardly kept in Police stations in operational areas to storehouses of STF camps and other types of explosives to those of army camps," a senior security official told The Nation newspaper.

IGP Mahinda Balasuriya had deployed a team of explosive experts from the army and the STF to conduct the survey following the explosion of two containers packed with dynamite at Karadiyanaru Police station in Batticaloa causing the death of 27 persons and injuries to a larger number of people including civilians.

It has also been decided to ensure the secure storage of explosives being used at metal quarries as well, the official added.

Meanwhile, the "Lakbima News" said "worse destruction than the Karadiyanaru blast can happen in the future as over 200,000 kilograms of explosives are kept in various police stations islandwide without proper precautionary measures".

Only 2000 kilos of explosives exploded last week killing 25 persons and injuring 52 persons while reducing the entire Karadiyanaru police station to rubble. The explosives were owned by a Chinese company undertaking road construction work in the region.

Incredibly four containers loaded with 100,000 kilograms of explosives are stored at Uhana police station alone, the newspaper quoted sources as saying.

"If anything happens destruction will be unimaginable. The explosives are for constructing the Oluwil harbour," a senior police officer said.

Similar explosive containers are parked in Kathankudi and Kalkudu police stations in Batticoloa and Uhana, Damana, Inginiyagala, Akkareipaththuwa, Pothuvil and Ampara in Ampara areas (in the East)" the newspaper reported quoting sources.

In addition, three explosive containers are also parked in the SP's office of Kalutara Police, 40 kms from Colombo. It is said that those containers haven't been opened for three years.


First Published: Sunday, September 26, 2010, 19:02

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