Sri Lanka bomb defused at bus station: police

April 28, 2008 (AFP) – A powerful bomb was found and defused at a crowded bus station in northwestern Sri Lanka early Monday, minutes before the device had been set to go off, police said. The parcel bomb equipped with a timing device was discovered in Galgamuwa, some 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of the capital Colombo, police said.

“Passengers alerted the police and the bomb was defused just in time,” a police official said. “There were ball bearings packed into the bomb and they could have caused a lot of casualties.”

The device was similar to one which exploded in an overcrowded bus Friday just outside Colombo, killing 26 people and injuring 63. The attack was blamed by authorities on separatist Tamil Tiger rebels. .