Sri Lanka bans trucks travelling to capital from Tiger-controlled areas

June 2, 2007 (AFP) – Sri Lanka said Saturday it would not allow trucks coming from rebel-held areas in the northeast into Colombo after police claimed to have discovered explosives destined for the city in a goods carrier. Residents in areas bordering rebel-held Wanni in the northeast were told not to send trucks south after police on Friday said they had seized 1,052 kilos (2,314 pounds) of C-4 type explosives from a truck.

Official sources in Vavuniya, 256 kilometres (160 miles) north of here, said they would not allow trucks or vans to go southward to the capital until further notice.

Only trucks transporting wheat flour from a mill in the northeast port town of Trincomalee will be allowed into the capital under strict police supervision.

The move follows a crackdown against members of the minority Tamil community in the capital following two bomb attacks blamed on Tamil Tiger guerrillas.

Hundreds of minority Tamils have been asked to leave Colombo and return to their villages, some in conflict areas, because they are a “threat to national security,” police chief Victor Perera said Friday.

He said Tamils from the embattled northern and eastern provinces were spending long periods of time in Colo