We published a special news a day prior (20) to the Easter Sunday attack, headlined, 'Mysterious bombing at Kaththankudy on 16th - CID to investigate'.
The news denoted an incident which a TVS Scooty-pep motorcycle with a bomb attached was blasted at Kaththankudy area on April 16.
Investigations with regard to the incident have revealed connections to the chain of events recently took place on the country, to which so far is a test-run prior to the Easter Sunday attack.
The explosives acquired for the Easter attack, as well as for this test-run, were manufactured by an Islam extremist member identified to be Mohammadu Hasthun.
We are to understand that the Easter massacre could have been prevented by the intelligence and defence units - if enough attention was made into this test-run bombing on the 16th!
The test-run was carried out by Islam extremists in an estate at Aryampadi, Palamunai area that belonged a man named Hasnal Basri, who lived in Kaththankudy 02. He had purchased this estate in 2018 for 180 million rupees in light of opening an animal farm.
The estate accordingly was divided into six parts, where six Tamil nationals were hired for work. They were in the premises around 4 pm on the day the test-run took place, and investigations revealed that no motorbike resembling the one that took in for the test-run was present in the scene at the time.
Apparently, the test-run was carried out by the Islamic militants after the Tamil workers left the premises.
The blasting took place at around 10.21 pm at night. According to reports, it was a showering night, and panicked residents nearby tended to inform the police about the blast afterwards.
According to investigations carried out by the Police Special Task Force (STF), masses of high explosives were acquired for the blast. Sheets nearby the estate at a front distance about 60 metres were damaged by the blast, while the damage continued for about 40 metres to the estate's backyard. Smashing metal sheets surrounding the premises obviously implies how powerful the blast could have been.
The bomb disposal unit has discovered that seven kilos of explosives had been acquired for the blast. A timer commonly used for washing machines was used as detonator for the bomb. According to the defence units, the blast is suspected to have been carried out by a remote controller or a timer from the distance.
According to reports, the first attempt at test running was failed. However, the second attempt, taken by the group led by Mohammadu Hasthun, was proven to be successful. Hasthun was influenced to develop these bombs by information gathered from the internet, according to findings of the investigations. Apparently, the crew was not much of experience in developing explosive devices, whereas the failed attempt at the Taj Samudra Hotel proves it well. The bomber originally planned to attack the Taj Samudra took into blast himself in Tropical Inn at Dehiwala later.
The Scooty-pep plated WP BCY 2183 acquired for the test-run blast was purchased from Ja Ela area, with presenting a misplaced Identity Card. Many vehicles arrested in connection to the Easter Sunday attack had been purchased from different places of the country, which denotes the fact that the brains behind the operations made a special attention into this matter.
According to what we learned, Mohammadu Hasthun has had an accomplice in developing these explosives, who has not yet been identified, and is being targeted for identification in further investigations by the defence units.