Broad Sweep

June 27, 2007 (AFP) – About 300 people were detained in Sri Lanka’s capital Wednesday in connection with a foiled bomb attack by suspected Tamil rebels on an oil storage depot, police said. Heavily armed police raided the area in the capital where a 20-kilogram (44-pound) bomb was found on Tuesday inside the fuel tank of a vehicle owned by an official from a rebel-held northern district, a police officer said.

The military defused the bomb. “Out of the 300 people who were detained for questioning, we have already released about 200 and others are being questioned,” a police officer involved in the operation said. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam campaign for an independent homeland has claimed more than 60,000 lives in the past 35 years.