Two killed, 20 injured in day’s second blast in Sri Lanka (Lead)

June 6th, 2008 - 7:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Colombo, June 6 (IANS) At least two people were killed and 20 more wounded when a bomb went off inside a private transport bus in the central Kandy district, Friday, the military said here. Another blast Friday morning in a bus near Colombo killed at least 21. Military sources said that the explosion, suspected to be the handiwork of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), occurred inside a bus from Waththegama to Kandy, when it was near a teachers’ training school in Polgolla, about 12 km north of Kandy.

“According to the available information two civilians were killed while 20 more suffered injuries due to the explosion,” that took place around 3.50 p.m., the Defence Ministry said.

Those injured were taken to Kandy district hospital.

Local residents caught a man they suspected to be involved in the explosion and handed him over to the police.

This was the second bus blast in Sri Lanka Friday. At least 21 people were killed and 60 more wounded when a powerful bomb went off targeting a packed public transport bus in Moratuwa on the outskirts of the Sri Lankan capital Friday.

The military has blamed the LTTE for both blasts.

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