Sri Lanka bomb attack kills 16 in capital

Nov 28, 2007 (LBO) – At least 16 people were killed and 37 wounded in a bomb blast in a crowded shopping district in a suburb south of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo Wednesday evening, police and hospital officials said. The attack, which the Defence Ministry said was carried out by the Tamil Tigers, occurred outside the ‘No Limit’ clothing store in Nugegoda, setting vehicles and buildings on fire and causing a severe traffic jam.

The military spokesman said the blast happened when staff at the clothing store checked a suspicious parcel that had been left behind at the baggage counter.

“Sixteen people were brought in dead,” the spokeswoman at Kalubowila Hospital, located near where the explosion took place, told the AFP news agency by telephone.

A bus caught fire as a result of the explosion, the defence ministry said, and the hospital spokeswoman said more casualties were feared.

It was the second attack in the capital and came a day after Tamil Tiger rebel leader Velupillai Prabhakaran vowed to hit back at the government.

On Wednesday monring a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up near the office of a government minister from a rival Tamil group.

Authorities believe that the attac