Bomb blast in Srilanka, 12 Military officials hit


COLOMBO - Nineteen people including 12 *Military *personnel were injured on Wednesday in an explosion on a bus in *Srilanka*, said the *military *adding they do not know the cause but suspect it may be a bomb or grenade.

Since the end of Sri Lanka’s nearly three-decade civil war in 2009 there have been no targeted attacks on the military.

“There had been an explosion in a passenger bus. There are some fragments on the body of the bus. We suspect it as a bomb blast,” *military *spokesman Sumith Atapattu told Reuters.

“The investigations underway to find out the details.”

Atapattu said seven army and five air force personnel along with seven civilians were injured in a fire following the explosion on the passenger bus which operated from northern Jaffna peninsula to central town of Diyathalawa, where one of the main military <link> training centers is located.

Sri lanka <link> ended a 26-year separatist war in May 2009 defeating Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who fought to carve out a separate state for ethnic minority Tamil’s in the far north of the Indian ocean island nation.

Tamil Tiger rebels commonly used Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) to target civilians and military <link>personnel during the civil war, which killed at least 100,000 people.