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* Diyathalawa bus explosion: Police record statements from 13 people
Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 09:12 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 22, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have recorded statements from 13 people on the explosion of a hand grenade in a private passenger bus in Kahagolla area of Diyathalawa yesterday.

Police Media Spokesman Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekara said statements have been recorded from 13 persons on the incident and the report is due to be presented to the Bandarawela Magistrate’s Court.

The explosion occurred in a private bus on Wednesday morning (21) around 5.45 am while it was plying in the general area of Kahagolla, Diyathalawa injuring 19 people including 7 army personnel and 5 Air Force personnel.

It has been reported that the passengers were on a private bus plying form Jaffna to Bandarawela and they were transferred to the ill-fated bus owned by the same person at Diyathalawa.

Bandarawela Superintendent of Police Sudath Masinghe said the Senior Assistant Government Analyst W A Roshan Fernando, who conducted the investigation into the incident has in his report indicated that it was due to the explosion of a live grenade inside the bus.

The official suspects that a hand grenade in the possession of a soldier in the bus could have exploded.

Police Media Spokesman said the Bomb disposal Unit of the Police is also due to examine the site of the incident.

The Army denied any terrorist involvement in the incident.

The Diyathalawa Police and the Military Police are conducting further investigations.


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