Man rearranged van seats found near St. An­thony’s church ar­rested: Po­lice


The of­fi­cers of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment (CID) ar­rested the sus­pect who was in­volved in re­ar­rang­ing the seats of the white van which was found parked near the St. An­thony’s Shrine in Kochchikad­e.

Po­lice Spokesman SP Ruwan Gu­nasekara said the sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Muham­mad Adam Lebbe, was ar­rested in New Kat­tankudy on Tues­day (14) on re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion by the CID af­ter re­leas­ing four sketches of the sus­pect. He is be­ing ques­tioned un­der CID cus­tody.

Ac­cord­ingly, sev­eral suspects who had links to the St. an­thony’s church ter­ror at­tack had al­ready been ar­rested and a few more are still at large, the spokesman said.

The ex­plo­sive-laden van was found parked near the church on April 22 and the Bomb Dis­posal Unit of the Spe­cial Task Force (STF) had to neu­tral­ize it through a con­trolled ex­plo­sion. Since then, the Po­lice sought pub­lic as­sis­tance to ar­rest the sus­pect with sketches drawn based on in­for­ma­tion re­ceived from four dif­fer­ent eye-wit­nesses.

The owner of the van (WP-PJ 4080) was iden­ti­fied as Mo­hamed Azam Mo­hammed Mubarak, alias ‘Ab­dul­lah’, who det­o­nated a bomb at the Kings­bury Ho­tel, SP Gu­nasekara said. The CID in­ves­ti­ga­tions had re­vealed that the sus­pect, the van owner, and an­other per­son was in­volved in re­ar­rang­ing the van’s seats.

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