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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

Claymore blast in Wattala: Intended target was a Navy convoy of 60 sailors.

By our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 06 June, ( The intended target of the claymore fragmentation mine blast early this morning was a Navy convey of 60 naval personnel, but the Tiger guerrilla operatives missed the naval convoy and instead hit a civilian bus.

A navy bus was expected to leave from the Welisara naval camp at 4.05 am today carrying 60 naval personnel to Ratmalana Airport; from there they were to be flown to Trincomalee.

This is a routine daily transport scheduled at 4.05 for the naval personnel reporting to duty after leave.

"But the terrorists mistook a civilian bus for the naval convoy and detonated the mine," said a senior Naval officer.

A bus of the Welisara depot was caught up in the explosion, which happened 4. 02 am.

The difference of 3 minutes, which confused LTTE operatives, saved the lives of 60 sailors.

The driver and the conductor of the bus were injured in the claymore explosion, which is believed to be hidden in a garbage dump near the naval camp.

The ill-fated bus was leaving the Welisara depot, adjacent to the naval camp to resume daily operations, when the it was caught in the blast.

Security Forces conducted a cordon and search operation in the area, but no one was arrested, an officer at the army media unit said.

- Asian Tribune -

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