Sri Lanka police find haul of land mines

Aug 4, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lankan police Friday found a large haul of land mines and grenades and arrested two men who were transporting the cargo deep into a plantation in the island’s south, officials said. Police found 18 Claymore mines, 15 hand grenades, three automatic assault rifles and 100 detonators hidden inside a truck that was subjected to a routine check at Karandeniya, about 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of here.

“An investigation is underway,” a police official in the area said. “We have taken the crew of the truck into custody and they are being questioned.”

Tamil Tiger rebels are known to use Claymore mines in their battle against security forces while the guerrillas have also been accused of using suicide bombers against high-profile targets in recent months.