Soldier arrested with cyanide

A soldier has been arrested in the Pollonaruwa area with a cyanide capsule in his possession, the police media unit said today.

The police said that the soldier was arrested last evening in Pulasthipura by police officers in the area.

A pistol and 4 bullets were also seized from the soldier during the arrest, the police media unit said.

The soldier was to be produced in court today and further investigations are underway.

There was no indication as to what the soldier was attempting to do with the cyanide capsule and if it was an LTTE cyanide capsule.

LTTE cadres were known to have had cyanide capsules strapped around their neck during the war.