Five dead, 54 injured in Nittambuwa bus explosion
The ill fated private bus had left the Nittambuwa bus stand around 6
p.m on Friday and was proceeding towards Giriulla when a sudden bomb
explosion inside the bus left five persons dead and 54 persons injured.
The bus had barely travelled more than one and a half kilometres when
the deadly explosion occurred when it reached the 42nd post on to
According to Nittambuwa police around 65 passengers were believed to
have been in the bus at the time of the explosion. However the bus
driver had escaped while the conductor was admitted to the Wathupitiwela
hospital with minor injuries, police said.
The three dead have been identified as Mohamed Farook (21) from
Kurunegala, P. A. Ajith Kumarasinghe (32) from Dambadeniya, and M. L.
Gayan (14) from Mirigama- Kal-Eliya. Two dead bodies are lying at the
Wathupitiwela hospital are yet to be identified, a spokesman for the
Nittambuwa police said. Of the 19 persons admitted to the Wathupitiwela
hospital one person is said to be in a critical condition.
Eleven persons were admitted to the Colombo National Hospital and two
are said to be in a critical condition. Eleven persons were admitted to
the Gampaha hospital with minor injuries.
Nittambuwa police said that 18 persons living close to the spot where
the explosion occurred have been questioned in connection with the
explosion. "These persons are outsiders and not from the village, police
DIG Colombo North Western Province, D. W. Prathapasinghe told the
Sunday Observer that they seek the assistance of the CID and other
agencies to track down the perpetrators of the crime. The post-mortem
examinations and inquests are being held and several police teams are
investigating the explosion, he said.
Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said in a statement
that the bomb was planted in the bus to cause death, mayhem and injury
to innocent civilian passengers.