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300 Tamils arrested in Colombo ahead of Independence Day celebrations

[TamilNet, Sunday, 04 February 2007, 03:04 GMT]
More than 300 persons, majority of them Tamils, were arrested during a combined cordon and search operation conducted by Sri Lanka security forces in Fort and Pettah areas in Colombo, Sunday morning.

Police said the suspects were arrested because they failed to prove their identities and the reasons for their presence in their location. They are being interrogatedheld in police stations.

Also on Saturday, 266 Tamils were arrested in Fort area in Colombo city. Of them about 70 are being detained in police station and the rest were released after inquiry, police said.

They are being interrogated following the recovery of a claymore mine in a three-wheeler during the search operation at Maligawatte on Saturday, according to the police said.


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