Colombo, Jun 6: At least 21 commuters were killed and more than 53 wounded when an explosion hit a crowded bus in a town south of the capital of Sri Lanka on Friday, police said. The explosion in a southern suburb of Colombo came two days after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels blew up a rail track near the Sri Lankan capital wounding 27 people.
BBC quoted military spokesman Brig Udaya Nananyakkara as saying, the Tamil Tiger rebels had detonated a roadside bomb that targeted the bus in the suburb of Moratuwa. The explosion comes as the Sri Lankan army continues a large-scale offensive against Tamil Tiger separatists in the north of the country. On Wednesday, at least 24 people were injured when a packed commuter train in the city was hit by a bomb.