Sri Lanka Attack on bus leaves 64 dead

June 15, 2006

Suspected  Tamil Tiger rebels killed 64 people in a claymore mine attack on a bus carrying civilian passengers, officials said on Thursday, by far the most serious attack since a 2002 cease-fire.

Some 500 people have been killed since early April as talks between the government and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) collapsed and many now fear a slide back into the civil war.

Policy Planning Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, the government’s spokesman on defence-related issues, said at least 58 people including two Buddhist monks were killed while another 45 escaped with injuries.

Hospital sources said six more people had died in hospital, raising to 64 the total number of dead.

The bus packed with villagers was heading to Kebitigollewa town when it was torn apart by the powerful blast.

Casualties were high as it was overcrowded with people traveling to a weekly market, Rambukwella said. Source: Sri Lanka Politics


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