Main Pettah Bus Stand in peaceful times
A bomb exploded in central Colombo “Olcott Mawatha” in Pettah near the Bodhirajaramaya around 12:15 p.m. wounding 45 people. All injured have been admitted to the National hospital and are receiving treatment. Of the injured 2 are children and 4 are women. The hospital director speaking on a local news channel said one or two have serious injuries and are undergoing major surgery. No deaths have been reported so far.
The bomb was an improvised explosive device (IED) with low amounts of explosives said the military. TV reports said the bomb had exploded in front of a small shop selling watches and clocks, close to the mainbus stand in Pettah. Agence Fraqnce Press reports that the bomb was in a parcle left near a flower seller. The main Pettah bus stand is the central starting point for buses to many outstation towns.
Visuals on TV news bulletins show that police have cordoned off the area. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
The Government’s news website (www.news.lk) reports that security forces on the 22 August had uncovered accessories of suicide jackets from a Catholic Church premises on the same street where the bomb went off today – the Olcott Mawatha in Pettah. In addition Detonators, switches and few other items have also been concealed inside the St. Phillip Nerish Church premises, according to defence sources.
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