Buttala bomb blast: Sri Lanka President instructs to take immediate measures
Sunil C. Perera in Colombo
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has instructed the relevant authorities to take immediate measures to treat the victims of the claymore bomb blast in Buttala this morning.
Accordingly, all facilities including specialist physicians, medicine and blood have been sent to the hospitals where the injured are receiving treatment.
Earlier in the morning around 7.35 AM the LTTE exploded a claymore mine targeting a bus plying from Buttala to Okkampitiya, killing 23 persons, and injuring 67. The explosion had occurred near Thelimbugastenne, Buttala.
The bus, which belonged to the Wellawaya CTB bus-depot, had been transporting a large number of school children. The injured have been rushed to the Buttala and Moneragala hospitals. Sources from the area reveal that the death count can rise in the coming hours.
According to SSP Daya Samaraweera, the explosion had occured on a lonely stretch along the Niyadella-Buttala road. It is reported that subsequent to the explosion there had been gunfire directed at the bus.
Latest report indicates that three school children have died in the attack. Chief Minister of the Uva Province, Vijithamun Soysa has announced that all Uva Province schools will be closed for an indefinite period of time with immediate effect.
According to the latest reports 24 people have been killed and over 60 suffered injuries in the attack. Hospital sources said that 8 people among the wounded are in critical condition.
In the meantime, Provincial Educational Ministry of the UVA province closed schools due to the today's bomb blast.
Chief Minister of the Province said its a temporary measure.
Meanwhile Acting Director at the Moneragala Hospital Janaka Prasad says blood is urgently needed to treat those injured in the Buttala claymore bomb blast. He says O Negative and O Positive types of blood are especially in demand and requests prospective donors to come forward to donate blood.
- Asian Tribune -