Sri Lanka police bus blasted in suicide attack

Sri Lanka's state minister of defence Ruwan Wijewardene (L) takes part in a press conference in Colombo on April 24, 2019. - A Sri Lankan security dragnet hunting those responsible for horrifying bombings that claimed more than 350 lives has scooped up a further 18 suspects, police said April 24, as pressure mounted on politicians to explain why no one acted on intelligence warnings. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP) (Photo credit should read ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

May 16, 2008 (LBO ) A Sri Lanka police bus was targeted by a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber in the capital Colombo Friday, killing 8 persons and injuring 90, defence officials said. The blast went off at a busy roundabout near Colombo’s Hilton hotel.

Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber had carried out the attack.

The defence ministry said a motorcycle bomber had rammed the bus killing at least six police officials.

The Tamil Tigers had been blamed for a series of explosions in the capital earlier in the year.

The guerrillas had also been blamed for attacks on civilian targets including buses.

The bombing came as the government was due to appoint a chief minister to the island’s eastern province where regional elections were held last week.

Troops drove out the Tamil Tigers from the east helped by a breakaway faction of the group.

The leader of the faction – which now has a registered political party – widely known as ‘Pillayan’, is a top contender for the chief minister’s post.