In a breakthrough in the investigation into Tuesday`s bomb explosion at Army headquarters, the National Intelligence Bureau yesterday arrested the manager of a Dam Street lodge where the suspected LTTE female suicide bomber was said to have stayed.
The NIB officers said the woman might have stayed at the lodge as a casual guest and the detectives were trying to ascertain whether the manager was aware of the woman`s LTTE connection when providing her accommodation.
The suspect is now being questioned by the NIB.
Meanwhile a woman acting suspiciously -- who attempted to enter the Intensive Care Unit of the National hospital where injured Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was receiving treatment -- was arrested by army personnel yesterday evening.
When she was questioned the woman had said she was a doctor attached to the Jaffna hospital and was transferred to the Colombo General hospital yesterday.
She was handed over to the CID for further investigations. The detectives were checking with the Health Ministry and the Jaffna hospital whether what the woman said was true.
Meanwhile a large number of police and army personnel carried out a series of search operations throughout yesterday in the Colombo City and the suburbs.
Colombo DIG Pujith Jayasundara told the Daily Mirror 97 persons were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Tuesday`s bomb explosion and of them 11 were females.
The suspects include Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.
The DIG said security in Colombo was strengthened with instructions going out to police and military personnel at check points to be vigilant of people acting suspiciously or suspicious vehicles and parcels.