17 years later, TNT is found on truck

AFP-JIJI

Police in Sri Lanka have discovered 100 kg of TNT on a truck impounded at a Colombo police station for the past 17 years, officials said Friday.

The vehicle was seized in February 1996, during the country’s civil war, less than two weeks after a truck bomb hit the Central Bank building in Colombo, killing 91 people and wounding 1,200 others.

At the time of the seizure, bomb disposal teams found six boxes of explosives in the fuel tank of the truck but the further discovery only came Thursday.

“While trying to move the decaying truck from the car park, boxes of TNT fell off the chassis,” a police statement said.