Friday, May 16, 2008

9 died and over 90 injured by Colombo Suicide bomb blast

9 died and over 90 injured by Colombo Suicide bomb blast

Nine including seven Police personnel and two civiliance were killed and over 90 casualties reported, following the LTTE suicide bomb attack in Colombo Fort at 12.05 p.m., today (May 16).

According to the defence information, a motor bike riding LTTE suicide bomber had rammed into a bus carrying Police personnel at the Ceramic Junction, near Shri Sambuddhaloka Viharaya.

Director General National Hospital Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said that, over 90 people have been already admitted to the National hospital. Sixty two (62) civilians, 30 Police and 3 Army personnel were among the casualties received, he was quoted as saying.
Army spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara told the BBC that the dead included three women police constables.

the blast took place near a police checkpoint outside the Colombo Hilton Hotel.
"It was a loud explosion. It felt like an earthquake" Eye witness said.

He said some window panes of the hotel had been damaged by the explosion. He said all the guests were safe and the hotel gates had been shut.

The blast comes in the eve of the Vesak week, which was declared by the government starting from today.

7kg of explosives

The bomb squad said that the motorcycle which was fitted with 7kg of explosives was driven into a parked police bus carrying policemen to provide security for the UNP protest to be held today at Maradana.

Pillayan Chief Minister

Pillayan Chief Minister

Ending the week long dispute over the Chief Minister post for the Eastern Province, President Mahinda Rajapakse has decided to appoint Pillayan as the Chief Minister.

The swearing in ceremony will be held today at 4 p.m. at the Presidential Secretariat.

Bomb Blast In Colombo

a Bomb blast in Colombo Fort near Sambuddaloka viharaya at 12.00 noon. A sucide motor cycle bomber attacked to a police bus. 7 died and more than 90 persons admitted to the hospital

Chief Minister swearing postponed.

Chief Minister swearing postponed.

President Mahinda Rajapaksha has summoned all 20 members elected to the eastern Provincial Council from the UPFA list for an urgent meeting today, to resolve the crises surrounding the appointment of Chief minister.

Although the swearing in ceremony of the new Chief minister was scheduled to take place at 1.30pm today at the Presidential Secretariat.