The Colombo Magistrate's Court Thursday allowed the detention of a state official whose official vehicle was found with a powerful bomb in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo earlier this week, court officials said.
A. Balasunderam, assistant commissioner of the local government in the northern Kilinochchi district was arrested on Tuesday as the car he was driving to the capital carried a concealed bomb in the fuel tank.
Situated in Northern Province, Kilinochchi is one of the major districts controlled by the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.
The court ordered the detention of Balasunderam for further questioning, officials said.
The military said the 20-kg Claymore bomb was meant to cause destruction in the capital.
The police on a tip-off by residents in the Colombo suburb of Rajagiriya raided the vehicle and found the concealed bomb.
Some 300 people were detained from the vicinity of the location but most of them were later released.