Smoke bomb goes off at BIA

2016-02-11 21:02:14

A smoke bomb had gone off at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this evening, inside the hand held baggage of a transit passenger, airport sources said.

No one was injured as a result, they said.

They said the bomb was found inside the bag of the passenger from Bangladesh who was bound for Doha, Qatar.

Airport security staff had detected the bomb when the bag was passing through the scanner and it had gone off as they were inspecting it.

The passenger had arrived on Mihin Lanka flight MJ 502.

Officials said they could not take legal action as it concerned a transit passenger. It is illegal to carry explosives, incendiary materials and flammable items on commercial flights.

The passenger had been allowed to leave the country. The smoke had been contained within the airport premises by the security staff. (Ranjith Ferdinandus)

Pic by Ranjith Ferdinandus

  Comments - 10

  • sampath Friday, 12 February 2016 02:19

    What a joke. What if he murders during transit.?

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    Melda Friday, 12 February 2016 02:51

    this is ridiculous so even suicide bomber blew himself up inside the terminal we cannot take legal action while in transit... via DM Android App

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    citizen Friday, 12 February 2016 07:57

    Because it is a transit passenger he she hadbeen released scot free. Funny via DM Android App

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    dessy Friday, 12 February 2016 08:30

    So, that means a transit passenger can play havoc at BIA and go scot free. Tell him to try that at Heathrow and see what happens. Idiotic Sri Lankan Law.

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    orpheus Friday, 12 February 2016 09:01

    He could have been a Terrorist planing to high jack the plane on the way to Doha. Are you sure it was ok to let the guy go without been questioned?

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    Dammika Friday, 12 February 2016 09:08

    Are we reading this news dumb or authorities dumb. If he is a transit passenger he is under international law - international police at the airport can take action ....

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    MSN Friday, 12 February 2016 09:36

    What if this person was carrying narcotics?

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    Nadeesha Friday, 12 February 2016 09:56

    Since the explosion occurred in Sri Lanka, Our police had the right to take them for questioning.

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    Grace Friday, 12 February 2016 09:58

    May be someone gave the smoke bomb in a parcel to be delivered to someone in Qatar.

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    Mason Friday, 12 February 2016 11:15

    This is strange situation that action cannot be taken against a transit passenger. What happens if he carried a genuine bomb. The least the authorities could have done was to deport the passenger back to Bangladesh.

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