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Police arrested two suspects for the possession of a foreign manufactured live hand grenade at Niladiya in Puttalam in the early hours of this morning.

Police Media Unit stated officers had attempted to inspect a parked three-wheeler with five occupants when three of those inside the vehicle had fled.

Upon a search conducted on the two remaining suspects, police recovered the hand grenade from one of them. Police were also later able to apprehend the three suspects who had fled.

Initial inquiries had revealed that they had all been previously arrested for a string of burglaries and had been handed suspended prison sentences by courts.

The suspects ages range from 19 and 27. They are due to be presented to the Puttalam Magistrate’s Court today.