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LTTE air raid shut down LPG storage facility

Despite reports saying that the damage to the LPG storage facility by LTTE air raid is negligible, the plant is shut down, reports PK Balachandran.

world Updated: May 07, 2007 17:25 IST

The LTTE's air raid on the Muthurajawela (Kerawalapitiya) LPG storage facility of Shell Gas on April 29, had led to the facility's closure, though it was said after the raid that the damage was negligible.



Shell's spokesperson said in Colombo on Monday, that the fire fighting system of the plant was damaged and that in the absence of such a system the storage facility had to be shut down.



Efforts were being made to get LPG from overseas and a ship had indeed arrived at the Colombo port. But unloading was being delayed as the port had suspended operations in the night following the LTTE's nocturnal air raid on April 29.



Another LPG company, Laughfs, was helping out with supplies and also unloading so that the consumers did not suffer.



Meanwhile efforts were on to gets a fire fighting system from abroad. "Within a week, normalcy would be restored," the spokesperson told Hindustan Times.



Top intelligence officer missing



Capt Mohammad Nilam, defence attaché in the Sri Lankan Embassy in Jakarta, and a top military intelligence officer who had hunted down LTTE cadres, has been missing with his family since April 24, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry confirmed on Sunday.



It is not clear if he had sought asylum in a third country though the Colombo media is of the view that he may have, because the Sri Lankan government had not given him an extension. He was to complete his term in July but did not want to come back to Sri Lanka because he was a prime target of the LTTE's hit men.



The LTTE had earlier killed or kidnapped top Sri Lankan military intelligence officers.



Special Forces chief retired prematurely



Col Prasanna Silva, Commander of the Sri Lankan Special Forces which captured Vaharai in East Sri Lanka from the LTTE after a tough battle, was asked to retire prematurely, and his subsequent written request for retirement had been accepted, media; reported on Monday.