|Second bus blast rocks Sri Lanka|
|Friday, 06 June 2008|
At least two people have been killed and around 20 people injured in a second suspected bomb attack on a bus in Sri Lanka, according to police.
"The LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] carried out the attack exploding a bomb inside a passenger bus," Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara, Sri Lanka's military spokesman, said.
He later told Al Jazeera the military has launched operations in the north of the country, where the LTTE has bases.
He blamed the attack in Moratuwa on the LTTE, which has fought the Sri Lankan government for two decades in an attempt to secure a homeland for ethnic minority Tamils in the north and east of the island.Shrapnel
The explosion shattered the windows of the bus and peppered it with shrapnel. A 45-year old man who identified himself only as Nalaka said he was thrown from his motorcycle by the explosion.
"I heard somebody screaming 'help, help,' and I rushed to him, but I could not move him because he was heavy."
Ranjith Gunasekara, a police spokesman, told the Associated Press news agency that at least 40 other people were injured in Moratuwa.
The incident on Friday is the latest in a series of attacks against commuters in and around Colombo.
At least 18 people were wounded when a bomb exploded as a packed commuter train passed between Colombo's Wellawatte and Dehiwela areas on Wednesday. And on May 26, another attack on a commuter train blamed on the Tamil Tigers killed nine people and wounded 84 others.
(Courtesy : AlJazeera)
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