23 killed, over 70 wounded in Sri Lanka blast (Second Lead)

April 25th, 2008 - 11:06 pm ICT by admin  

Colombo, April 25 (DPA) At least 23 people were killed and more than 70 wounded in a bomb explosion inside a bus on the outskirts of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Friday evening, a police spokesman said. The defence ministry has blamed the Tamil rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for the bombing.

The blast took place in Piliyandala, 12 km south of Colombo, near the main bus station, spokesman Deputy Inspector General of Police N.K. Illangakoon said.

The bus was leaving the station with more than 50 passengers when the bomb went off. Some of the wounded included bystanders.

More than 300 commuters were at the bus station at the time of the explosion. Almost all of the passengers killed were from the majority Sinhala community.

Among those killed were two school children and a Buddhist monk.

The incident was the third bus bomb explosion of the year. At least 20 passengers - mainly Buddhists heading for religious programmes - were killed in an explosion in the central Dambulla area in February.

A second bomb went off inside a passenger bus in the outskirts of Colombo, but all the passengers were already off.

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