Military: Sri Lanka military says blast on train kills 7 near capital, 62 wounded
Mon May 26, 2008 09:06 EDT .
BHARATHA MALLAWARACHI - Associated Press Writer - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) A bomb blamed on Tamil Tiger separatists ripped through part of a packed passenger train Monday evening during rush hour, killing seven people and wounding 62 others near the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo.
The bomb exploded near the railroad station in Dehiwala, said Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara, the military spokesman. He said seven people were killed and 62 wounded in the attack, and blamed the deaths on the Tamil Tiger rebels.
Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not respond to calls seeking comment, but the rebels routinely deny such attacks.
Television footage from the scene showed part of the train compartment's roof blown off and its windows shattered.
Meanwhile, a railway official said train services on that line have been suspended until further notice.
The rebels, blamed for scores of suicide bombings and other attacks on civilians, are listed as a terrorist group by the United States, the European Union and India.
A blast blamed on rebels at a Colombo bus station killed 26 people last month.
The Tamil Tigers have fought since 1983 to create an independent homeland for ethnic minority Tamils, who have been marginalized by successive governments controlled by the majority Sinhalese. More than 70,000 people have been killed.Discuss this story
Published: Mon May 26 10:06:54 EDT 2008