Po­lice seek pub­lic help to find ter­ror sus­pect


The po­lice yes­ter­day re­leased four sketches of a man sus­pected to have al­tered the seats of the white van found parked near the St. An­thony’s Shrine in Kochchikad­e on April 22, and sought pub­lic as­sis­tance to ar­rest him.

Po­lice Spokesman SP Ruwan Gu­nasekara said the sketches were drawn based on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from four dif­fer­ent eye­wit­nesses.

The owner of the van (WPPJ 4080) had been iden­ti­fied as Mo­hamed Azam Mo­hammed Mubarak, alias ‘Ab­dul­lah’, who det­o­nated a bomb at the Kings­bury Ho­tel, SP Gu­nasekara said.

The van was found parked near the Kochchikad­e church packed with ex­plo­sives, and the Bomb Dis­posal Unit of the Spe­cial Task Force (STF) had to neu­tral­ize it through a con­trolled ex­plo­sion on April 22. Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment (CID) in­ves­ti­ga­tions had re­vealed that the sus­pect, the van owner, and an­other per­son was in­volved in al­ter­ing the van’s seats.

The CID had ques­tioned and recorded the state­ments of four eye­wit­nesses who had seen the sus­pect in­volved in al­ter­ing the seats.

The eye­wit­ness had de­scribed the sus­pect as be­ing five feet six inches tall, slim, fully bearded, fair and be­tween 25 to 40 years of age.

A po­lice of­fi­cer at­tached to the Po­lice Crim­i­nal Records Di­vi­sion (PCRD) had drawn the four sketches based on the eye­wit­ness de­scrip­tions.

The po­lice re­quested the pub­lic to pro­vide any in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the sus­pect to the CID or to any of the fol­low­ing num­bers: 011-2422176 and 0112392900.

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