16 killed in suspected rebel bombing in Sri Lanka

April 25, 2008 8:17:44 AM PDT
Sixteen people are dead and 40 others are wounded after a suspected rebel bomb exploded on a bus in a suburb of Sri Lanka's capital of Colombo. The military said the Friday evening blast took place while the vehicle was at a bus stand in the town of Piliyandala just south of the capital.

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels for the explosion.

Ambulances with sirens railing flooded a nearby hospital, where off-duty doctors and nurses ran in to help the injured.

Nanayakkara said the bomb was hidden on the overhead rack above the third row of seats behind the driver.

Rebel spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan did not respond to calls seeking comment.