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 Post subject: Tamil Tigers blast another bus in Sri Lanka , 15 killed
 Post Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2008 6:10 pm 
Tamil Tigers blast another bus in Sri Lanka , 15 killed

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Monday, February 4, 2008
@ Agencies /MCNS


Another roadside bomb attack by suspected Tamil Tigers on a civilian bus killed at least a dozen civilians this evening in Welioya, the military said. The bomb targeted a public transport bus belongs to the Sri Lanka Transport Board at the “Kobbakaduwa Junction” on the Anuradhpapura- Jankapura road.

"It was a Tamil Tiger claymore mine targeting a civilian bus in Weli-oya. Twelve were killed and 17 admitted to hospital," a military spokesman said.

The bus transporting civilians between Janakapura (Weli-Oya) and Parakramapura (Anuradhapura) has been hit by a claymore explosion near the Kobbekaduwa junction in Atha Watunu Wewa area at 3.45PM today. 10 civilians including 2 women have been killed and at least 17 have sustained injuries in the incident. 5 soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) have also been killed in the blast.

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The village of Atha Watunu Wewa has been vulnerable to LTTE attacks ever since fighting erupted between the Sri Lanka army and LTTE in August 2006. The LTTE have been accused of directing mortar fire to the village targeting civilian property on a number of occasions before.

Weli-oya is in the north-eastern district of Polonnaruwa, about 200 km (120 miles) from Colombo. Monday's blast is the latest in a series of bomb attacks blamed on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

On Saturday, a bomb exploded on a civilian bus in the central Sri Lankan town of Dambulla, killing 20 people and wounding 50, the military said.

The following day, a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up in a packed railway station in Colombo, killing 12 people and wounding 103, the military said.


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