Fifteen killed, 32 injured in Sri Lanka bus blast


dpa German Press Agency
Published: Saturday January 6, 2007


Colombo- A bomb exploded inside a bus at a tourist
destination in southern Sri Lanka Saturday afternoon killing 15
passengers and injuring 32 others, police said.
The explosion took place in Hikkaduwa, 100 kilometres south of the
capital Colombo. The bus was travelling from Colombo to the southern
town of Matara.

All those killed were locals and no tourists were affected, police
said.

The incident was the second such explosion since Friday.

Six people were killed Friday and over 50 were injured when a bomb
exploded inside a passenger bus at Nittambuwa, 27 kilometres east of
Colombo.

Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said that the
military believed that the Tamil rebels from the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were involved in both incidents.

"The LTTE is responsible for these attacks as they are taking a
beating in the eastern province by the army offensives," he said.

Police said that there was a woman's body inside the bus caught in
Saturday's blast which had been badly burnt amidst suspicion that the
woman was carrying the explosives.

"We are not sure whether it was a woman suicide bomber. We are
investigating," a police officer in the area said.

During the last year more than 3,000 have been killed in clashes
between the military and rebels and other related incidents.

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