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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2396

Bus explosion in Sri Lanka kills five and injures at least 18

Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 05 January, (Asiantribune.com): At least five civilians were killed and another 18 injured when an explosives laden bus exploded at Nittambuwa today evening.

The incident occurred at around 6.30 p.m. on the Colombo – Kandy road. The private bus was traveling from Nittambuwa towards Giriulla, when the explosion occurred.

Nittambuwa police told the Asian Tribune that out of the injured ten were very serious and were rushed to the Colombo National Hospital's accident service, while the other injured were admitted to the Gampaha hospital.

Investigations are being carried out to ascertain how the explosives were transported to the bus.

Police also informed that the Colombo - Kandy road has been closed following the explosion.

Meanwhile, the government's Defence Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who came on state television soon after the incident called for public cooperation and vigilance to avoid such incidents in
future. He also accused the LTTE of committing the act, since the Tamil tiger rebels have lost miserably in the hands of the security forces in the recent past.

- Asian Tribune -

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