Broad Sweep

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

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.