Three people involved in demining activities were injured last morning when a grenade exploded at a mine field in Muhamallai, Jaffna. The injured, two men and a woman, who were involved in demining in the North for Halo Trust, were immediately rushed to the Jaffna Hospital. The blast victims were identified as Geoffrey Jude, Kulasingham and Bahmini.
Jaffna Police has launched an investigation in the backdrop of the blast.
Sources from Jaffna confirmed the Police have obtained statements from those working at the minefield. Police Investigations revealed the explosion took place while a stockpile of cluster grenades used by the LTTE were being removed.
Military sources told Ceylon Today the safety pin attached to one of the grenades had been rusted, which eventually triggered the explosion. “In this instance only one grenade exploded and not the entire cluster, which resulted in minimal casualties. If the entire cluster of grenades had exploded, there would have been a much greater destruction,” an expert in explosives, speaking on conditions of anonymity said.
The grenades tied together with a rope, which is connected to all the safety pins has been a part of the LTTE modus operandi used during the war to disable armoured personnel carriers (APC), tanks and advancing infantry of the Sri Lanka Army.