Bus Blast

Feb 02, 2008 (LBO) — An explosion at a bus station in north-central Sri Lanka Saturday killed at least 13 people and wounded 20, police said. The Tigers have been blamed for blasting a bus in southern Sri Lanka on the same day that the ceasefire expired.

A spate of farmer killings in the southern Moneragala district have also been blamed on the group.

The bomb went off in a bus in Dambulla, in the north-central province of the island, at around 7.00 am, the defence ministry said.

The town is located on the main highway going to the north of the island, where the Tamil Tigers are fighting for a separate state.

The bus was traveling to the north-central town of Anuradhapura from Kandy in the central hills.

The A-9 highway linking the northern Jaffna peninsular through the Tiger-held Wanni areas starts from Kandy.

Civillian killings in Sri Lanka’s internal conflict have intensified after the government pulled out of a ceasefire with the Tamil Tigers in January.