A crowded public transport bus was the target of a bomb that exploded as the bus passed close to the Shailabimbaramaya Buddhist temple at Katubedda, Moratuwa, South of Colombo around 7:45 am today (6/6). According to the military it was a roadside bomb activated using a remote controlled device. The bus was on route 255 traveling from Kottawa to Mount Lavinia.
Hospital sources said that 21 people including 13 men and 8 women have been killed. over 60 have been injured. Injured civilians have been admitted to the Kalubowila and Lunawa hospital for immediate treatment.
AFP in a report quoting one of their photographers at the scene said the state-run bus was peppered with shrapnel, suggesting a powerful fragmentation mine placed on the roadside had been detonated as the bus was passing.
Latest reports say a curfew has been imposed from 9 am to 6 pm in Katubedda and Dandeniyawatte area to facilitate search operations.