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Timely detection averts bus bomb tragedy in Sri Lanka +
Associated Press, Tue September 16, 2008 05:48 EDT . - -

COLOMBO, Sept. 16 (Kyodo) A passenger bus blew up in a residential area of Colombo on Tuesday within minutes of the conductor evacuating the vehicle after noticing an unattended parcel in the back of his bus, police said.

''Nobody was killed. A few people suffered minor injuries,'' a police official said, commending the conductor for his quick action.

Government television stations stressed the need for the public to be watchful at a time that the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, on whom the blast was blamed, are fighting for survival in the war-wracked north of the country.

Terrorist attacks such as Tuesday's are a trademark of the LTTE.Discuss this story
Published: Tue Sep 16 08:05:51 EDT 2008

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