October 2, 2009 (AFP) – An explosion ripped through a school bus in northwestern Sri Lanka on Friday, killing one girl and wounding 11 other students and their driver, police said. The incident took place in Kurunegala district, 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of the capital Colombo, a police spokesman said, adding an investigation was under way.
“The driver of the van and 12 students were taken to hospital following the explosion,” spokesman Nimal Mediwaka said.
A hospital spokesman said one of the students died from her injuries.
Local police said the blast went off as the driver attempted to start the vehicle. The device appeared to have been planted under the vehicle and rigged to the van’s ignition.
The blast came five months after government forces declared victory over Tamil Tiger rebels who had been waging a decades-old insurgency for a separate homeland on the island.