LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Bomb Attack on a Civilians Train.
10 civilians were killed including a pregnant mother and 73 more passengers suffered injuries when the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists exploded a bomb inside a highly crowded Colombo-Panadura train around 4.55 p.m on 26 May 2008.
The LTTE wreaked yet another carnage by bombing a crowded office train in Dehiwala killing nine persons and injuring over 73 on Monday. The attack follows a familiar pattern witnessed in recent times which the public have come to view with grim foreboding.
The whole purpose of the terrorists is to keep the public under a seige mentality with their terror strikes and also engineer a collapse of the economy. By this modus operandi the LTTE hopes to instill fear in the public and stall economic activity.
The authorities have to take stock of the situation and map out an effective strategy to confront this threat. If this means a full overhaul of the existing security set up then it should lose no time in doing so.
This psy war waged by the LTTE should be defeated adopting whatever means without being tied down by enforced limitations. If it has to the Government should enact new laws to supplement the Emergency regulations and the Prevention of Terrorism Act to give them more muscle to smoke out the Tiger operatives in our midst.
This is third attack on civilian targets within of one month ( the Piliyandala bus bomb and Fort attack are the others) which has to be taken note of by the authorities and drastic measures taken to eliminate the threat.
We should come to terms with the fact that the Tigers will attack civilian targets as a means of setting off battlefield reversals and take every precaution to counter the threat.
Monday's incident shows that the LTTE had smuggled in a parcel bomb into the ill fated train with ease. It is only yesterday that we editorially commented on the precautionary measures recommended to all bus crew by the National Transport Commission to avert bomb risks. Now these same measures will have to be introduced in respect of trains as well.
Unlike buses which regularly stop to pick up passengers trains run a more or less single journey to their destinations. Therefore it is unfathomable as to how the security was lax in checking parcels and baggage in trains - especially when it was clear that the terrorists would target trains in the light of precautionary measures taken in buses.
The authorities should make a thorough reappraisal of the current security set up and plug in all loopholes to bring it as near watertight as possible leaving no room for the LTTE to strike. This of course cannot be accomplished without public cooperation as was evident in the detection of two bus bombs in Moratuwa and Kadawatha which was solely due to the alertness of commuters and bus crew.
The latest attack on innocent civilians by the LTTE should at least now open the eyes of those human rights advocates and their NGO friends as to the true nature of the outfit. Those who expect the Government to play by Queensbury rules should not wear blinkers when it comes to LTTE atrocities which are ignored when they document alleged infringements of Security Forces to put the Government on the rack before the international community.
True, a State cannot use methods adopted by terrorists. But by the same token the State has a responsibility to protect its citizens and in the course of this task would have to deploy extraordinary measures considering the extraordinary nature of threat emanating from the most ruthless terrorist outfit in the world. Why are those who shout hoarse over alleged human rights violations of the Government silent on the Human Rights of the innocent civilian victims of the recent spate of bus bombs.
The Human Rights lobby should at least now take a dispassionate view of the ground situation where the LTTE is free to strike at will while the Government has to necessarily be tied down by enforced codes of conduct. The whole question of human rights should be viewed in this context.
An army soldier and volunteers pull out a survivor of a bomb blast. AFP
Medical staff carrying a body to hospital after a bomb explosion in a train in the Colombo suburb, Dehiwala. REUTERS
An Army soldier helps medical staff to carry a body to the Kalubowila hospital following the bomb explosion. REUTERS
Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists recent bus / train attacks
26 May 2008 - 7 civilians were killed including a pregnant mother and 73 more passengers suffered injuries when the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists exploded a bomb inside a highly crowded Colombo-Panadura train around 4.55 p.m on 26 May 2008 (see details and photos).
24 May 2008 - Moratuwa - Vigilant civilians yesterday (May 24, 2008) foiled two cowardly attempts made by LTTE terrorist to massacre civilians in the Moratuwa area (read details).
24 May 2008 - Ganemulla - Sri Lanka Police Special Task Force (STF) bomb disposal team defused a time bomb weighing 1.25 kg this evening found in a public transport bus at Kossinna in Ganemulla (May 24, 2008).
25 April 2008 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's Black Friday Massacre on 25 April 2008 killing 26 and injuring 64 civilians, including a Buddhist Monk on 25 April, 2008. Twenty four civilians returning home after a hard day’s work were killed and another 40 including schoolchildren were injured when a fully packed bus bound to Kahapola was exploded by LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists at 6.45 p.m. at the Piliyandala bus terminal, near Colombo, Sri Lanka. This bomb attack clearly showed that the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists are not ready to abandon violence and destruction even though the Sri Lankan Government had repeatedly pledged its commitment to peace (Details and photos in SPUR Web page).
03 February 2008 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists Suicide Bomb Attack at Colombo Fort Railway Station targeting civilians on 03 February 2008 A female suicide bomber blew herself up at Colombo's main train station. 12 killed; Over 100 wounded (03 February 2008).
03 February 2008 - Dambulla Bus Bomb - Another Massive Bomb Blast by the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists at Dambulla, Sri Lanka on 2 February, 2008 - 20 killed; 50 Injured (read details);
29 January 2008 - Madhu Bus Bomb Blast - Seventeen civilians, including 11 school children, were killed on Tuesday in an accidental explosion of LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's claymore bomb on a school bus in Mannar district. This territory is held by the LTTE (29 January 2008)
07 April 2007 - Easter Holidays Massacre in Sri Lanka - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists attacked a passenger bus to massacre five Sri Lanka Army Soldiers, killing 8 civilians and injuring 28 (Tamil pilgrims of Madhu Church Easter Festival) (Full details in SPUR Web Page)
06 January 2007 - LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist suicide bomb blast one more bus: 15 killed & 40 injured in a crowded bus at Seenigama, Hikkaduwa, south of Colombo in Sri Lanka - 06 January 2007 (Read full details in SPUR);
05 January 2007 - 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)
Bodies of the civilians killed due to the explosion seen on the ground. REUTERS
Security forces officials examine the train compartment following the explosion. Bodies of the innocent civilians killed seen on the ground. AFP
An innocent civilian who suffered critical injuries undergoing treatment in a ward of Kalubowila teaching hospital. AP
9 civilians were killed including a pregnant mother and 73 more passengers suffered injuries when the LTTE terrorists exploded a bomb inside a highly crowded Colombo-Panadura train around 4.55 p.m today (26 May 2008).
According to the available information the explosion occurred inside the 5th carriage of the Panadura bound train which leaves the Maradana railway station around 4.25p.m.
It is believed that the parcel bomb exploded had been placed on the luggage rack in the train, police sources said.
Many of the victims were office workers headed home at the end of the workday and the victims who suffered injuries were rushed to the Kalubowila teaching hospital and National hospital Colombo.
Earlier, LTTE terrorists detonated two bombs in two carriages of a highly crowded train at the same railway station killing more than seventy and wounding over hundreds of innocent civilians in the same manner on 24th July 1996.
LTTE is a ruthless terrorist outfit notorious for crimes against innocent civilians. In its pursuit for a mono ethnic separate homeland for Tamils, the outfit has killed and maimed over tens and innocent children, Tamil and Sinhalese political leaders in indiscriminate bomb attacks. FBI in a recent report called LTTE the most dangerous terrorist outfit in the world.
Security forces officials examine the train compartment following the explosion. AFP
The compartment of the train damaged due to the explosion. AFP
Security forces personnel and civilians in the explosion scene in Dehiwala. (AP)
Dehiwela Disaster - Train bomb kills 9, injures more than 70 - At least nine people were killed and more than 70 injured when a bomb exploded inside a packed Panadura-bound train at the Dehiwela railway station last evening. Among the victims returning home after work were six females, including a pregnant woman and three males. The explosion took place minutes after the train that started from Colombo Fort had just moved a few yards from the Dehiwela railway station. According to initial investigations the explosive device, believed to be a two-kilogramme parcel bomb, had been placed on the left side luggage rack of the fifth compartment of the 12 compartment, twin engine train. The force of the blast had ripped apart the roof of the compartment and also damaged a part of a building adjoining the railway station and a three wheeler parked nearby. “The blast took place around 4.55 pm, exactly 30 minutes after it departed from Maradana,” Dehiwela Station Master Dhanapala Navaratna said. At least five bodies were seen inside the damaged compartment while the injured were rushed to the Kalubowila hospital. The hospital’s Acting Director Dr. Wilfred Kumarasiri said the condition of at least three were critical while one was transferred to the National Hospital. A pharmacist at the hospital was also among those dead. Initial investigations revealed that the bomb was triggered using a timing device and did not contain pellets. “Such bombs may find passage undetected even through metal detectors at times,” the army website said. It was also revealed that more than forty passengers had been injured not directly by the impact of the blast, but due to injuries sustained by jumping off the moving train after the blast. Some of them fractured their arms and legs. Train services were disrupted along the coastal line following the blast but the Railway control room later said services had resumed curtailing it to one single line. The Defence Ministry blamed the LTTE for the incident adding that in its pursuit for a mono ethnic separate homeland for Tamils, the LTTE has killed and maimed innocent people including children, Tamil and Sinhala political leaders in indiscriminate bomb attacks. The latest bombing came just two days after time bombs were defused on two passenger buses in Ganemulla and also after 17 people were killed in a claymore blast inside LTTE territory in the Wanni for which the Tigers blamed the military. On July 24 in 1996 the LTTE detonated two bombs targeting a crowded train at the same railway station killing more than seventy people and wounding some 500. Thatblast devastated two carriages of the south bound train.
Medical staff treat an injured survivor of the train explosion, at Kalubowila hospital. (AP)
The Medical staff of the Kalubowila hospital are making their fullest efforts to save the survivor's life. REUTERS
Medical staff treat an injured survivor of train explosion, at Kalubowila hospital. AP
Terror attack on train kills eight, injures 62 - Eight persons were killed and 62 others injured when a bomb ripped through a compartment of a packed office train at Dehiwela yesterday evening. The bomb believed to have been hidden on a baggage rack in the fifth compartment of the Panadura bound power set originating from Maradana at 4.25 pm went off as the train started to move after its stop at the Dehiwela railway station around 4.55 pm. "Extensive damage caused to the roof of the carriage suggests the bomb had been on a baggage rack," a senior police officer told The Island adding that the police believed the LTTE had targeted civilians in retaliation for the defeat the outfit was facing on in the northern theatre of war. The blast also damaged the compartments on either side. The injured were rushed to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital. Hospital Director Dr. Wilfred Kumarasiri said 62 persons had been admitted and the condition of some of them was serious. Train services on the southern coastal line resumed after a brief suspension, the Railway Control Room said. The police and security forces cordoned off the areas but no arrests had been made by the time this edition went to press. The LTTE targeted a, Aluthgama bound passenger train on July 24, 1996 at the Dehiwala railway station killing 70 passengers and injuring over 450 others. Three bombs had been placed in the ill-fated train but only two of them went off. The other one was defused.
A wounded woman laying on the trolley is taken to the Kalubovila teaching hospital by the medical staff. REUTERS
A wounded civilian receiving treatment in Kalubowila hospital. REUTERS
Dehiwela blast: Recalling the horror… - Railways General Manager Lalithasiri Gunaruwan who visited the scene of the blast at the Dehiwela railway station yesterday said despite security arrangements being beefed up by the military or the police the general public had to be extra vigilant about their surroundings. Mr. Gunaruwan, whose cousin was also reportedly inside the ill-fated compartment and hospitalised, said although security checks were being carried out by the security forces and the police at railway stations a 100% security guarantee was impossible. “In railway stations we can’t search every passenger who enters the train as many get into the train outside the platform as well. Compared to the length of the trains the station platforms are fairly short and many people get in or get off outside the station. As a result it is difficult to check all passengers and parcels but the public should be vigilant about what is happening around them,” he said. He also said special arrangements had been taken to operate all down south trains on a single line between Wellawatta and Mt. Lavinia. Dehiwala SSP Hemantha Adhikari said several teams had been deployed under SP L C Gunawardena and Dehiwala police OIC Ranjith Kotahachchi to investigate the incident. Ajith Kumara a resident of Walauwaththa, Ratmalana who was in the adjoining compartment said the blast rocked the area with flames and smoke. He said he saw scattered bodies and ailing casualties crying for help. He had then supported the police and military personnel to evacuate the injured to hospitals as well as the dead. 56-year-old Geetha Fernando, a resident living opposite the Dehiwala railway station said the Panadura bound train proceeded only several yards when the explosion took place with a huge sound. “Several injured passengers especially with burn wounds came running towards us and we helped them with water and rushed them to hospital. My son who works as a part time driver parks his trishaw near the railway station and it was seriously damaged due to the blast,” she said. Hettiarachchige Sumanapala who received burn injuries said he saw fire with a thundering sound some ten feet away from where he was standing and about nine or ten bodies at the back of the compartment. “I was not unconscious but I fell on the ground soon after the explosion and about ten or more people fell on me. The train was packed with the people who were going home after work,” he said. Thamarasi Rajapakse, a thirty-year-old woman who was travelling in the train said she was standing near the front end of the compartment and she heard a deafening sound, which came from the back of the compartment. “I was travelling along with my sister’s son. I do not know what has happened to him.,” she said. Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Bandula Gunawardena and Railways General Manager Lalithasiri Gunaruwan were seen at the Kalubowila hospital looking into the needs of the injured.
Carnage: The body of a victim being taken out of the train in the Colombo suburb of Dehiwala on Monday (26 May 2008).
A Police officer in civvies inspects the damage.
The damaged compartments. Pictures by Sudath Nishantha and Ranjith Jayaweera.
An injured passenger being taken out of the carriage. This picture was taken minutes after the explosion by our staff photographer Thushara Fernando who was in the train.
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Caution : The images shown in this web page exposing the atrocities of the LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists may be found disturbing by some people. Proceed at your own caution.
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Colombo Fort Railway Station Bomb on 03 February 2008 (see details and photos in SPUR). http://www.spur.asn.au/LTTE_Suicide_Bomb_Colombo_Fort_Railway_Station_20080203.htm
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LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities
This document contains some photographs of poor innocent children, women and men brutally massacred by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists. Warning: The photographs may offend the sensibilities of some readers.
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What is really happening in Sri Lanka today is that a blood thirsty racist group led by some misled Tamils called LTTE is terrorizing against the Government of Sri Lanka and its people irrespective of their ethnicity with an intention of carving out a separate state. There is no conflict as such between Sinhalese and Tamil communities in Sri Lanka. In fact, the majority of the Tamil community lives in peace and harmony among the Sinhalese population through out the country apart from the Northern part of Sri Lanka. The entire Sinhalese and the Muslims population who lived in the Northern area for centuries were either killed or chased away completely by the LTTE Tamil Tiger terrorists. At the moment, not a single Sinhalese or Muslim is living in Jaffna, but, many thousands of Tamils are living in Colombo in peace with the other communities. Based on 2001 census, the Tamil population in Colombo district is 12.1% (see 2001 census). So, who is discriminated ? Tamils or Sinhalese? Do you need more evidence ?
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