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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 108

Three hours after the LTTE blast killed six and injured 33, casualties are still being rushed in

Colombo, 29, May, ( claymore blast by LTTE killed six and injured 33 people yesterday at Rathmalana, a suburb south of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Injured were rushed in to nearby hospitals.The truck has been destroyedThe truck has been destroyed

Rathmalana lies south of Colombo on the Colombo-Galle highway and has the vital Rathmalana Military Airbase.

In addition, some critically injured are being re-transferred to Colombo Intensive Care Units at this moment.

The injured have been promptly admitted to the closeby Panadura and Kalubowila National Hospitals, said Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, the Military Spokesman.One injured admitted to Panadura Hospital has died, he added.

The claymore blast is the work of LTTE, the Military said. A combined Police-Army search operation is now underway in the vicinity of the blast. The claymore device was set up on an up-stairs of an abandoned store-building just 30 metres away from Belekkade Junction, Rathmalana. The highway junction is an area often used by the close0by Airforce and Army installations.

The injured included ten STF personnel. All killed were civilians. It took place at 5:40 pm, targeting a passing STF truck.

Six vehicles were badly damaged by the blast. Of them four number plates were identified- HM 9910, JM 6472, 251-014, and HT 1524.

Three very serious cases have been immediately transferred to Colombo General Hospital, latest reports said.

The military has warned of another possible hidden bomb nearby, but onlookers have ignored the warning and have been crowding the scene of blast, reports said.

The truck has been destroyed, initial reports said.

The explosion hit the vehicle from the seaside of the highway.

Reports said at the time of the blast, many office workers too were passing by the location and being a key highway, was already traffic-congested at the time of the blast.

- Asian Tribune -

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