Police arrest 16 asylum seekers in Hambantota

The police arrested 16 people last nigh from Hambantota as they were preparing to head to Australia to seek asylum.

According to police spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody, the would-be asylum seekers were arrested at the Elephant resort holiday home.

Those arrested are Tamils and are residents of Jaffna, Vavuniya and Batticaloa, the police said.

The suspects are to be produced in court today.