LTTE terrorists ambush passenger bus; 4 civilians killed, 25 wounded [05th
At least 4 civilians were killed and 25 others
reported wounded when LTTE terrorists opened fire at a passenger bus
plying from Monaragala towards Kataragama, at the 49th mile post along
the Buttala-Kataragama main road, Friday (July 11), at around 10:15 a.m.
The injured civilians were initially rushed to the
hospital at Kataragama and later 19 of them were transferred to the
General hospital in Hambantota, the Kataragama hospital sources said.
Two females and a 12-year old child (Madushanka) were also among the
victims killed in this attack and their bodies have been laid at the
hospital, sources further said.
A civilian has also succumbed to injuries while
undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit, Hambantota hospital
sources said, adding that more civilian casualties are being received at
the time of reporting.
"A group of LTTE terrorists
hiding along the Buttala- Kataragama road near Galge raked the passing
civilian bus (NA 3655) with gunfire," military spokesperson Brigadier
Udaya Nanayakkara said, speaking to media. "The bus driver has sped
through the ambush and stopped after reaching safety," the spokesperson
was quoted further saying.
Security forces are engaged in
extensive search operations in the area, defence sources said.
LTTE is a ruthless terrorist organization fighting for a mono ethnic
separate homeland for the Tamils in Sri Lanka since 1983. During 3
decades of its bloody terror war against Sri Lankan citizen it has
killed tens and thousands of innocent civilians in village massacres,
bus bombings, train bombings, suicide bombings, and etc.
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