Hotel bombing LTTE suspect arrested in Lanka

An LTTE suspect linked with a bomb attack on a leading hotel here two years ago has been arrested by the police in northern Sri Lanka.

Colombo: An LTTE suspect linked with a
bomb attack on a leading hotel here two years ago has been
arrested by the police in northern Sri Lanka.

Vavuniya Police arrested Selvanayagam Vernon alias
Arvinda who is a suspect in the bomb attack on the Nippon
Hotel in the heart of the city on January 2, 2008.

Vernon was later produced before Colombo Fort
Magistrate and Additional District Judge Lanka Jayaratne who
directed police to hand over the suspect to the Terrorists
Investigations Department (TID) for further investigations.

At the time of his arrest, Vernon had in his
possession a seven kilo claymore bomb, the state owned Daily
News reported today.

The suspect was taken into custody at a Vavuniya check
point.

As many as five people including two students died and
24 others sustained injuries during the attack. The explosion
was triggered off as the army bus and another public bus were
passing the location.

Meanwhile, P Kathigesan Shiraf, the first suspect in
the Nippon Hotel bomb attack was further remanded till May 17,
the newspaper said.

The TID is conducting further investigations.

The adjacent building of the Roman Catholic Church and
few vehicles also suffered damages in the explosion. PTI

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