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Second explosion rocks Sri Lanka

Latest update : 2008-06-06

A bus in the central Sri Lankan hill town of Kandy was hit by an explosion Friday, officials said, just hours after a suspected Tamil Tiger attack on a bus near the capital Colombo left at least 22 dead and 40 injured.

At least two people died and twelve were injured in a second public bus bombing in the central Sri Lankan town of Kandy, according to police sources.

 

Earlier in the morning, a blast in a suburb of Sri Lanka's capital killed 20 people and wounded 40, police said.

The explosion in a bus in a southern suburb of Colombo came two days after suspected Tamil Tiger rebels blew up a rail track near the Sri Lankan capital wounding 27 people.

The latest explosion targetting civilians comes as the Sri Lanka's military presses on with an offensive to retake the Tigers' northern stronghold in land, sea and air attacks in a civil war that has killed more than 70,000 people.

Analysts say the military has the upper hand in the latest phase of the long-running war given superior air power, strength of numbers and swathes of terrain captured in the island's east.

But they still see no clear winner on the horizon.

Date created : 2008-06-06

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