Civilian bus bombed in Sri Lanka

Roadside explosion kills 15 and injures 38 in Sri Lanka's north-central region.

    The incident came despite a stepping up of already tight security arrangements across the country [AFP]

    Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, a military spokesman, said Wednesday's attack occured in the north-central district of Anuradhapura, about 265km northeast of the capital, Colombo.
     
    The defence ministry accused Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fighters of carrying out the attack.

    A statement said: "Terrorists have detonated a roadside bomb at Abhimanapura, on the Kebithigollawa-Padaviya road."
     
    It came a week after the LTTE was held responsible for two bomb attacks that killed at least 21 people in Colombo.
     
    The incident came despite a stepping up of already tight security arrangements across the country amid fears that the fighters could avenge recent military strikes inside LTTE-held areas.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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