Death toll rises to 26 in deadly terrorist attack
[Wednesday, January 16, 2008 - 6.45 GMT]
Death toll in the deadly LTTE terrorist attack on a
civilian bus near Okkampitiya, Buttala in the remote Uva
Province has risen to 26 while 64 others injured in the
attack are hospitalized. According to hospital sources
8 of the injured are in a critical condition. The
Government has flown a special team of medical
personnel with medical supplies to attend to the injured
and augment the cadre and supplies at the provincial
The explosion which took place at around 7.40 a.m.
today (16) was followed by gunfire attacking the
survivors. A large number of civilians including small
children were in the bus at the time of the explosion.
The Provincial authorities have closed all schools in the
province for 3 days as a precautionary measure.
Meanwhile, another claymore mine attack at 9.55 a.m.
was launched by the terrorists on an army vehicle
carrying the injured to the Kataragama hospital at a
location 2 miles off Buttala on the road to Kataragama.
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