Woman suicide bomber explodes in Colombo killing 4 police officers

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 07 July 2004, 09:13 GMT]
A woman suicide bomber who was allegedly on a mission to assassinate Minister Mr. Douglas Devananda exploded herself killing four police officers when she was to be subjected to a body check in the Kollupitya Police station Wednesday morning around 11 a.m., police said. The Kollupitya Police Station is located in the heart of the Colombo city next to the Prime Minister's residence "Temple Trees," sources said.

Suicide mission in Colombo
Scene outside the police station
Bomb blast had caused severe damage to the Kollupitya Police Station, security officials said.

Police said the alleged woman suicide bomber was taken into to custody in front of the office of Minister Mr. Douglas Devananda Wednesday morning on suspicion. She was immediately taken to Kollupitya Police Station for investigation. When she was about to be examined she exploded herself killing four police officers and injuring 12 others in the Kollupitya Police Station.

Among the injured were two civilians and the others were police officers, police said.

Police said its initial investigation revealed that the woman had gone to ministry office to see Minister Mr. Douglas Devananda. She was not allowed to meet the Minister when she refused to be examined by the security personnel.

Thereafter she left the ministry. Police personnel who followed her took her into custody and brought her to the Kollupitya Police Station where the incident happened while the woman was being searched, police sources said.

Suicide mission in Colombo
Inside the Kollupitya Police station


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