Four killed in claymore attack on Army bus
A claymore mine targeting an Army bus exploded in front of Nippon
Hotel, Slave Island yesterday, killing four persons including two school
children and injuring 24 others.
Three civilians and a soldier were killed when the claymore mine went
off around 9.30 a.m, Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara
"The Army bus plying from Army Headquarters to the Narahenpita
hospital carrying 13 soldiers was targeted by the LTTE," he added.
A woman praying at a Slave Island church close to the blast
Director of Colombo National Hospital Accident Service Dr. Anil
Jasinghe said 28 persons were admitted to the hospital from the blast
site and four of them died before admission including a female civilian.
"Four critically injured were treated at the Intensive Care Unit and
the rest who suffered minor injuries were treated in wards 72 and 73,"
he told the Daily News. Preliminary investigations revealed the claymore
mine was placed inside the external unit of an air conditioner of the
"The Army bus and part of the Nippon hotel were severely damaged in
the explosion. A three wheeler parked near the sidewalk and several
other vehicles passing by were damaged," Police Media spokesman Senior
DIG N.K.Ilangakoon said.
ID Card of the deceased soldiers with embedded shrapnel.
Pictures by Rukmal Gamage, Sudath Nishantha, Wimal
and Sulochana Gamage
The road was closed and security was beefed up in the area. "A cordon
and search operation was launched by police jointly with the Security
Forces in the area and the situation was brought under control," DIG
The Government Analyst's experts assessed that the remote-controlled
bomb probably weighed four killogrammes.
DIG Ilangakoon pointed out that three civilian victims were passing
by in the street while the bomb went off. They were relatives returning
from a funeral. The victims had been identified as M.L. Bandara (15),
Pethum Disanayaka (16), Renuka Krishanthi (42) and Jayantha Kumara