Vol. 5 Num 926 Sat. January 06, 2007  
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Five dead in Lanka bus blast

Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels set off a powerful explosion on a bus, killing at least five people and wounding 50 others near Sri Lankan capital Colombo, defence ministry said Friday.

A bomb ripped through the passenger bus driving between Nittambuwa and Giriulla during the evening rush hour on the main Colombo-Kandy highway.

The bus immediately caught fire, eye witnesses said.

"The bus was full of passengers at the time of the blast. It has still not been possible to identify the cause of the blast or the number of casualties", military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarsinghe said.

"This is the work of the LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam)", Samarasinghe added.

The bus attack came hours after the Tigers accused government forces of penetrating into their area of control in the north triggering a mine.