Sri Lanka train station suicide bombing toll climbs to 12

Feb 3, 2008 (AFP) – A suicide bomber attacked a train at Colombo’s main railway station Sunday, killing at least 12 and injuring 100 others on the eve of Sri Lanka’s independence day celebrations, officials said.

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.

Fearing more such attacks, the government put off by three days Monday’s opening of a public exhibition marking Independence Day, officials said, adding that it was due to “security considerations.”

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