News

Deadly Roadside Bomb Hits Passenger Bus in Northern Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan military says at least 15 civilians were killed and 25 wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near a crowded passenger bus in the north-central part of the country.

The government has blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for the explosion. No other details are immediately available.

Earlier in the day, the Sri Lankan military said its troops had killed 29 Tamil rebels in battles in the north. It said seven soldiers also were killed in the fighting, which began Tuesday in the districts of Mannar and Vavuniya and continued Wednesday.

In another development, international and local human rights groups are condemning the Sri Lankan government for the recent mass arrests of minority Tamils.

More than 2,500 Tamil civilians were arrested last week during a security crackdown after two bomb attacks in Colombo killed 20 people.

Tamil rebels were blamed for the bombings.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

 

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Feature Story

Employee seen behind glass door of Alibaba's company headquarters on the outskirts of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, April 23, 2014.

US Investors Eye IPO for China's Alibaba

E-commerce giant handled 80 percent of China's online business last year, logging more Internet transactions than US-based Amazon.com and eBay combined More