4TH LEAD

Second bus bomb kills 15 in South, 40 wounded

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 January 2007, 09:35 GMT]
Another bus explosion was reported in South, claiming 15 lives, on Galle Road, at Seenigama in Meetiyagoda Police area in Galle District, 88 km southeast of Colombo Saturday around 2:20 p.m. More than forty civilians were wounded in the second explosion reported within 24 hours, according to Karapitiya hospital sources. Military officials in Colombo blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam for the bomb attacks in buses Friday and Saturday. LTTE Military Spokesman Irasiah Ilanthiryan denied the accusation as baseless accusations.

Meetiyagoda blast.
People gather at the site of a blast in Seenigama, 6 January 2007. (AFP)
The explosion was reported inside a private passenger bus carrying travellers from Colombo to Matara in the Southern Province.

The traffic along the Galle Road was diverted at Kahawa, and the police and military were engaged in a cordon and search operation.

Three Tamil youths were held by the Sri Lanka military on suspision, Police said.


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