LTTE blasts another passenger bus: 7 killed, 26 injured
Seven passengers including a woman and an army soldier were killed
when Tiger terrorists exploded a powerful bomb in a bus in Vavuniya
yesterday, the Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) said.
Two girls and six women among the 26 injured were rushed to the
Vavuniya hospital. The LTTE targeted the civilian passenger bus plying
between Mannar and Vavuniya killing five persons on the spot. Later, two
passengers died in hospital, the MCNS said.
On Monday, the Tigers exploded another bomb in a bus at the
Kondavattuwan checkpoint in Amapara killing 16 passengers mostly women
and children. Over 25 civilians were injured.
Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said that the latest
attack which comes five days after the attack at Ampara is now testimony
that the LTTE is deliberately targeting civilians after their defeat in
the Eastern Province. In another insident, 31 suspected LTTE informants
living in IDPs and helping the LTTE operators in Kaluvankerni in
Batticaloa were taken in for questioning by the Eravur police yesterday.
Meanwhile, the government urges the public to keep extra vigil on
suspicious persons or activities and parcels especially at crowded
places, inside buses, trains and shopping areas during the festive
season as such places would be the targets of Tiger terrorists who will
attempt to disrupt the festivities and the goodwill among the people.
The government strongly condemned the cowardly terror attacks against
civilian like the recent claymore attacks on passenger buses in Ampara
and Vavuniya where the civilian death toll rose to 33 within a week.
The public can now contact the following emergency numbers or visit
the nearest Police Station, Army, Navy or Air Force camp to report any
suspicious person or activity: Police 119, Defence Ministry 118, Air
Force 116 and Bomb Disposal Unit 2434251, MCNS said.