19 hurt after explosion rocks bus near former Sri Lanka garrison town

19 hurt after explosion rocks bus near former Sri Lanka garrison town

Nineteen people, including 12 Army and Air Force personnel, were today injured in a pre-dawn explosion on a bus in Sri Lanka, the military said, without ruling out a terror angle.

The bus had been heading to nearby Kahagolla from Diyatalawa town when it suddenly caught fire.

Among the injured were 7 Army personnel and 5 Air Force personnel.

Director of the hospital, Ranjith Abeyakoon, said two soldiers are in critical condition.

"The Army denies any terrorist involvement in the incident".

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He said the cause of the explosion is still not known Police and the military are conducting separate investigations in to the incident. The police said the bus was heavily damaged, and the injured were taken to the Diyathalawa Hospital.

Police said it had launched investigations.

"The explosion can not be ruled out as an act of terrorism as of yet", military spokesperson Sumith Atapattu said, according to Daily Mirror.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe informed Parliament on Wednesday that the cause of a bus catching fire in Diyatalawa earlier in the day was due to a hand grenade explosion.

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