Sri Lanka bombings kill 10, more than 100 injured

Feb 3, 2008 (AFP) – A suicide bomber attacked a train at Colombo’s main rail station Sunday, killing at least 10 and injuring more than 100 others on the eve of Sri Lanka’s independence day celebrations, officials said. The government in January pulled out of a tattered peace pact with the rebels, who have been fighting for a separate Tamil homeland since 1972 in a conflict that has left tens of thousands dead.

The blast near a suburban train as it arrived at the Fort terminal came just hours after six people were hurt in a hand grenade attack at Sri Lanka’s main zoo, on the outskirts of Colombo, prompting authorities to boost security.

A police spokesman said the train attack had been carried out by a suspected female operative of the Tamil Tigers, the rebel group fighting to carve out a separate homeland in the ethnic Sinhalese-majority island nation.

“The bombing has all the hallmarks of the Tigers,” a police officer at the scene said.

“The head of the woman suicide bomber was found on a platform.”

The officer said initial reports indicated that the woman had blown herself up aboard the train, but forensic expe