Probe on Malaysian link to Colombo bomb attack plan

Posted by SM Maulana

KUALA LUMPUR, June 17 — The Home Ministry has begun investigations into an allegation that some Malaysians planned to give instructions to a group of Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger terrorists to launch a bomb attack in Colombo.

This followed the arrest of six members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ellam (LTTE) on Saturday in Wattala, Sri Lanka, with the seizure of 2.7kg of high-powered C4 explosives.

According to a news report in the Sri Lankan online daily, “The Mirror”, the suspects under interrogation by (Sri Lankan government troops), said they were waiting for instructions from some Malaysians – via the telephone – to launch the attack.

Commenting on the news report, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said the government would investigate the matter thoroughly, and take severe action against any Malaysian with links to the LTTE.

He said his ministry had contacted the Sri Lankan government to clarify the allegation in the news report, and seek its assistance to obtain information on the alleged links between some Malaysians and the LTTE.

“I have checked the news report personally…Malaysia will never tolerate any type of terrorism. If it is true that some Malaysians are involved with the LTTE, we will take severe action.

“There have always been allegations that some Malaysians are involved with the LTTE,” Syed Hamid told reporters after the opening of the Asean Senior Officials Meeting on Transnational Crime today. — Bernama


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