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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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