May 28, 2007 (AFP) – Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a roadside blast near an air force base just outside Sri Lanka’s capital Monday, killing at least seven people and wounding 39, police and doctors said. More than 5,000 people have been killed in a new wave of fighting since December 2005 despite a truce in place since February 2002.
(Updated) The evening rush hour explosion was along the main Galle Road at Ratmalana where the air force maintains its transport aircraft fleet, police said, adding that the bomb targeted a truck carrying police Special Task Force commandos.
“Seven commandos were taken to hospital,” a police officer said by telephone. “We think the bomb was planted on an upper floor store facing Galle Road.”
Doctors at the Colombo South hospital said 34 people were being treated there while five more were in two neighbouring hospitals.
A total of seven civilians were killed, doctors said.
Among those wounded were seven commandos whose truck was hit by the powerful mine which was also packed with ball bearings which acted as pellets and caused injuries.
There were no foreigners among the casualties.
President Mahinda Rajapakse condemned the bombing and express