LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists suicide bomb blast one more bus: 15 killed & 40 injured in a crowded bus at Seenigama, south of Colombo in Sri Lanka on Saturday, 06 January 2007.
Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka
Policemen inspect the wreckage of the damaged bus after it was exploded by the LTTE at Seenigama, Godagama
Bus bomb at Kahawa killed 15 civilians and injured 40 others (06th January 2007)
civilians help security forces to evacuate casualties at Kahawa (06th January 2007)
Media Release - The Government of Sri Lanka and the International Community, including India should take decisive actions to stop Tamil Tiger Terrorists from killing innocent civilians - The Society for Peace Unity and Human Rights for Sri Lanka (SPUR), an 11-year-old human rights organisation operating from Melbourne, Australia condemn the Tamil Tiger Terrorist's despicable attack on innocent civilians. The LTTE has killed close to 30 and injured more than 80 civilaians in bus bombs and suicide missions carried out over the weekend at Nittambuwa and Seenigama in Southern Sri Lanka respectively. The audacity of the Tiger terrorists is breathtaking as so called one of its leaders Seevatahnam Puleedevan, issued a statement on 4 January 2007 that the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka would have to face "serious consequences" if the air force continues to carryout attacks against Tiger bases in north of Mannar in the northern Province. The tiger terrorist's words have been transformed to deeds as clearly demonstrated by the tragic attacks on the civilian busses just 2 to 3 days after Puleedevan's despicable utterances. The duplicity of the Tiger Terrorists has been once again exposed as Puleedevan is the head of the so called Tiger Terrorist's Peace Secretariat, an organisation frequently visited by the Norwegian peace facilitators, the SLMM and members of INGOs local and international. Unless the Government and the international community take decisive action to isolate the LTTE terrorists, they will continue to undermine democracy in Sri Lanka and driving the 99% of the people who yearn for peace spiralling in to an environment of despair (Full report in SPUR).
Fifteen killed in bomb blast New wave of crime: LTTE terrorism targets civilians - A powerful explosion ripped through a packed passenger bus yesterday in Godagama, killing 15 and injuring 42 passengers. Deputy Inspector General Police Jayantha Gamage told the Sunday Observer that the bomb, believed to have been set off by the LTTE in the Matara bound private bus, exploded while the bus was proceeding along Godagamma. At the time of the blast it had carried 65 passengers. Of the 65 passengers, 15 were killed on the spot and 42 injured were admitted to Balapitiya and Karapitiya Hospitals. The bodies are lying at Karapitiya hospital morgue. The Deputy Director Teaching Hospital Karapitiya Dr. Shelton Perera told that condition of 8 patients were critical. Meanwhile the police have cordoned off the area and urged the public to identify the bodies. This attack followed a bus blast last Friday when six passengers were killed and another 70 wounded at Nittabuwa. Meanwhile, the Government last night condemned the Tiger terror attack and said its commitment to peace was undiluted. The Government said: The Government condemns the brutal attack on two passenger buses in Keetiyagoda on the Colombo - Galle highway today (06) and in Nittambuwa yesterday (05) which has killed over 20 and injured around 75 civilians. The government extends its deep sorrow to the relatives of the dead and wish the injured a speedy recovery. The government believes that the LTTE is attempting to divert attention from the continuous defeats they have been suffering at the hands of the security forces during the recent past. At a moment when the security forces are successfully carrying out counter terrorist measures to restore civil administration in the North and East, the LTTE has resorted to engage in terror attacks in the south in a bid to disrupt normalcy (Full report in Sunday Observer).
Suicide bomber attacks Sri Lanka bus, 9 dead - A suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew up a bus in Sri Lanka's south coast resort area today, killing herself and eight passengers and wounding 50, police said of the second attack on a bus in as many days. The blast in the coastal town of Peraliya, around 70km south of Colombo - where around 1 000 people were killed when their train was swept off its tracks by the 2004 tsunami - comes after suspected rebels killed six civilians in a bus blast north of the capital yesterday. Analysts fear rebel attacks, which have largely been confined to military and political targets during a new episode in the island's two-decade civil war, may now increasingly target civilians as in earlier stages of a conflict that has killed more than 67 000 people since 1983. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, who say they are fighting for an independent state for minority Tamils in the north and east, denied they were behind the bus attacks. "We have no connection with those incidents," Rasiah Ilanthiraiyan, the Tiger military spokesperson, said by telephone from the rebels' northern stronghold. "Civilian lives were lost, so naturally anyone would condemn these things." The military dismisses rebel denials as routine and hollow, and analysts worry the attacks will escalate (Full report in SABC News).
Sri Lanka police suspect headless female body as LTTE suicide bomber - Sri Lankan police suspect the body of a decapitated woman recovered from the site of Saturday afternoon's bomb blast as the suspected LTTE suicide bomber. Hospital workers help police officials to remove dead bodies from a damaged bus in Godagama. "The arms and head of the woman were detached from the body and we suspect her to be the bomber," police sources claimed. Saturday's blast aboard a private bus south of Sri Lanka, incidentally a critical tourist destination killed 15 and injured more than 25 of which several remain in serious condition and have been transferred to the Colombo National Hospital. Initial and unconfirmed reports disclose that the suspected suicide bomber had boarded the bus from Colombo and at the time of the blast, the bomb was on her lap. Already some three persons have been questioned on suspicion, but no arrests have been made still. The blast occurred at around 2.35 p.m. on the Ambalangoda – Hikkaduwa Galle road. Majority of the injured are still being treated at the Karapitiya and Balapitiya hospital. Meanwhile, another 20 persons were questioned since last evening following Friday evening's bomb blast which killed 6 and injured nearly 50. Friday's bomb went off at around 6.30 p.m. on the Colombo – Kandy road (Full report in Asian Tribune).
Bomb explosion kills 15 bus passengers in Sri Lanka - A bomb exploded inside a bus in southern Sri Lanka Saturday killing 15 passengers on board and injuring 32. The explosion today took place at Hikkaduwa, 100 km south of capital Colombo, news agency Indo-Asian News Service reported. All those killed were locals, the news agency said. As many as six people were killed and over 50 injured when a bomb exploded inside a passenger bus at Nittambuwa, near Colombo Friday. No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks. (end) dr. (Full report in Kuwait News Agency).
Second bus bomb kills 15 at Hikkaduwa - A bomb exploded inside a private bus at Hikkaduwa yesterday, killing at least 15 and injuring 42. The incident prompted words of warning from the government for civilians to be more vigilant than ever to the threat of terrorism. The blast occurred around 2.35 pm at Seenigama, Hikkaduwa, within a bus bound from Colombo to Matara. A witness said there had been more than 65 passengers inside the vehicle. The latest incident happened just nineteen hours after six people died and at least 50 were injured inside a Giriulla-bound bus at Nittambuwa. K. P. Mahinda, a nearby resident, told the Sunday Island that the explosion had occurred at the rear of the bus. "We went to site immediately afterwards and saw bodies being taken away," he said via telephone. "On the rear footboard of the bus was a length of female hair, about eight inches long. It was not a scalp, just the hair." Parts of the roof had been blown off in the blast while windows had shattered. However, unlike the explosion which occurred at Nittambuwa, the bus had not caught fire. Ambalangoda police said that the blast was likely to have been caused by a parcel or similar bomb. Military Spokesman Brig Prasad Samarasinghe said speculation that a female suicide bomber had been involved could not be verified till there was some identification. Another security officer said it was unlikely the LTTE would deploy a suicide bomber inside a civilian bus, commenting that it was more probable for a time bomb to have been left on board the bus. "Even in the case of the bomb at Nittambuwa, there were rumours of a suicide bomber being involved because a body was found with its arms missing," Brig Samarasinghe said. "But we have identified all six persons who died in that blast." Samarasinghe slammed the Tigers over what he said was "clearly the targeting of innocent civilians". "This is what they did in the 1980s and early 1990s," he said. "When they are getting a beating from security forces in the north and east, they are targeting innocent civilians in the south in order to trigger a backlash." (Full report in Sunday Island).
Two Sri Lanka Bus Bombs Kill 26 - Two bus bombs in two days have killed an estimated 26 people in Sri Lanka and injured many more, police say. The second blast Saturday struck a crowded bus near the tourist resort of Hikkadujwa, south of Colombo, killing at least 15 people and injuring dozens, the BBC reported. Six people died and 63 others were reported hurt when a bomb exploded beneath a civilian bus at rush hour 20 miles east of Colombo Friday, Asiantribune.com said. Tamil Tigers rebels were blamed for both attacks though they deny any responsibility. Earlier Saturday, four soldiers and a civilian died in three bomb blasts in north Sri Lanka (Full report in Fox 23).
Another brutal bus attack - 15 killed, 40 wounded Govt. vows it won’t be deterred in counter-terror offensives - A second bus bomb in successive days saw at least 15 passengers killed and more than 40 wounded in an explosion inside a bus at Godagama near Hikkaduwa yesterday. However, the government vowed such brutal attacks on civilians would not deter it from counter-terror operations in the north and east. The explosion barely 24 hours after a similar blast on a bus at Nittambuwa, senior security officials said was clear evidence that Tiger guerillas had started targeting civilians in the south in a bid to divert the military from operations in the north and east. However, there were conflicting reports on how yesterday’s explosion had occurred. Meetiyagoda’s police inspector G. Gunasena said initial reports indicated that a parcel bomb placed on the hood rack at the rear end of the bus had caused the explosion. But Southern Province Deputy Inspector General Jayantha Gamage said a woman who had a parcel on her lap was believed to have triggered the explosion. Her charred body was inside the bus till late evening and was removed to the Karapitiya Hospital. After the explosion the bus virtually went out of control and ran a distance of 20-30 metres before it was brought to a halt by the driver, the DIG said. Hours after the blast, President Mahinda Rajapaksa met service commanders and senior police officers at Temple Trees and discussed the current situation and measures necessary to ensure security to the people (Full report in Sunday Times).
Govt. condemns brutal LTTE attack on two buses - The government condemned the brutal attack on two passenger buses in Meetiyagoda on the Colombo–Galle highway yesterday and in Nittambuwa on Friday which has killed over 20 and injured around 75 civilians. The government extends its deep sorrow to the relatives of the dead and wish the injured a speedy recovery, an official news release said. The government believes that the LTTE is attempting to divert attention from the continuous defeats they have been suffering at the hands of the security forces during the recent past. At a moment when the security forces are successfully carrying out counter terrorist measures to restore civil administration in the North and East, the LTTE has resorted to engage in terror attacks in the south in a bid to disrupt normalcy, it said. The government reiterates that terror attacks will not deter its efforts to find a peaceful solution to the National problem or its counter terrorism masseurs to defeat terrorism. LTTE’s terror attacks will only strengthen the governments’ resolve to defeat terrorism and restore normalcy in the North and East, the release noted (Full report in Sunday Island).
More than 15 feared killed and 40 injured in Bus bomb explosion - Ambalangoda - 15 civilians are feared dead due to an explosion triggered inside a Matara bound private bus from Colombo bearing no - HZ 1709, at Seenigama, near the Kahawa junction ,16 miles North West of Galle, on 06th January 2007, at around 02.35p.m. Police sources suspect the explosion to be a suicidal attack, more likely which holds the trade mark of the most treacherous LTTE terrorist organization. The Ambalangoda Police officials said that. remains of two bodies suspected to be LTTE female suicide bombers were recovered scattered at the scene. The Ambalangoda Police further said that 10 bodies were immediately transferred to the General hospital at Balapitiya and another dozen were admitted. Balapitiya hospital officials said that seven males and three females were among the dead. The Police sources further said that more than 40 civilians are feared seriously injured due to the explosion. Meanwhile, Karapitiya hospital sources confirmed that the casualty figures admitted have risen to twenty(20). Eight of the injured are said to undergo immediate operations as their medical status were feared serious. The traffic along the Galle - Colombo (A-2), is being diverted and the commuters are advised to use alternative routes (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).
Soft targets beware! - Friday’s atrocity very close to Greater Colombo, if not actually within the larger metropolis itself, sends an ominous message to us all. This was followed by a second bus bomb in the South yesterday. The LTTE intends taking on soft targets and Friday’s was one of them. The air strikes by the SLAF, mainly targeting Sea Tiger bases and identified gun positions are by all accounts effective. Civilian casualties are inevitable in such air strikes, especially so as it has been a time-honoured Tiger tactic to use civilian shields for themselves. People at risk in imperiled areas close to LTTE camps and strongholds are not allowed to leave and the tears that the Tigers and their fellow-travelers shed over the plight of the innocents belong to the crocodile variety. It is clear that the city proper and VIPs are protected like they have never been before. That is perhaps why the Tigers have recently been unable to successfully accomplish a mission in Colombo although they have penetrated the defences, as amply demonstrated by the attempts on Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse and the former Pakistan High Commissioner. Guerillas live by the maxim that they have to be lucky only once while their adversaries must be lucky every time. So there can be no room for complacency because there is no question of the hit men and women being denied entry to the city or within reach of vulnerable points. They have long been here and biding their time sometimes for months on end maybe. Who can forget the time and resources invested in the suicide bomber ingratiating himself with President Premadasa’s household? (Full Editorial in Sunday Island).
Bus Blasts Kill 21 People in Sri Lanka - Separate explosions inside two passenger buses killed 21 people, authorities said Saturday. Officials blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels, but the group denied any involvement. Fifteen people died and dozens were wounded after a bomb tore through a bus in Meetiyagoda on Saturday, some 60 miles south of the capital. Police said the blast could have been triggered by a suicide bomber. "There is a female body inside the bus and looking at the damage the blast has caused around her, we suspect that she could have been a suicide bomber," said Upul Ariyaratne, a senior police official. Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate homeland for ethnic minority Tamils in Sri Lanka are known for deploying suicide bombers in their campaign against the state. Ariyaratne said there were about 65 passengers inside the bus at the time of the blast and about 40 had been admitted to hospital. The insurgents, however, rejected the military's accusations that they carried out both bus bombings. "We totally deny that. We did not do that, that's all I can say," Rasiah Ilanthirayan, the rebels' military spokesman, told The Associated Press by telephone from the rebel stronghold Kilinochchi. A similar blast Friday evening killed six other passengers on a busy highway in Nittambuwa, 25 miles northeast of Colombo, and 30 passengers were wounded (Full report in Colombian News).
More than 15 feared killed and 40 injured in Bus bomb explosion - Ambalangoda - 15 civilians are feared dead due to an explosion triggered inside a Matara bound private bus from Colombo bearing no - HZ 1709, at Seenigama, near the Kahawa junction ,16 miles North West of Galle, on 06th January 2007, at around 02.35p.m. Police sources suspect the explosion to be a suicidal attack, more likely which holds the trade mark of the most treacherous LTTE terrorist organization. The Ambalangoda Police officials said that. remains of two bodies suspected to be LTTE female suicide bombers were recovered scattered at the scene. The Ambalangoda Police further said that 10 bodies were immediately transferred to the General hospital at Balapitiya and another dozen were admitted. Balapitiya hospital officials said that seven males and three females were among the dead. The Police sources further said that more than 40 civilians are feared seriously injured due to the explosion. Meanwhile, Karapitiya hospital sources confirmed that the casualty figures admitted have risen to twenty(20). Eight of the injured are said to undergo immediate operations as their medical status were feared serious. The traffic along the Galle - Colombo (A-2), is being diverted and the commuters are advised to use alternative routes. The tragedy at Kahawa junction - Ambalangoda, is the consecutive explosion alleged triggered off by LTTE terrorist within 24 hours targeting civilians transportation. The LTTE suicidal attempts targeting civilians transportation has become a custom of the terrorist outfit to repulse the military thrust against its escalation of violence in the North and East. On 15th June, 2006 the terrorists outfit blew a public bus transporting civilians at Kebithigollewa- Anuradhapura, killing at least 64 people including 15 children.
LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist kill 6 innocent civilians and injures another 63, by exploding a bomb in a public passenger bus at Nittambuwa, near Colombo in Sri Lanka on Friday, 05 January 2007.(Read full Details in SPUR Web Page)
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Welikanda Massacre on 29 May 2006
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