Army insists Diyatalawa incident not terrorism related

The Army today insisted that the Diyatalawa incident was not terrorism related.

A minor explosion and a fire destroyed a passenger bus travelling from Jaffna to Diyatalawa injuring 19 passengers this morning around 5.45 am while it was plying in the general area of Kahagolla, Diyatalawa.

Reports  claimed that after reaching Bandarawela town the bus had transferred the passengers bound for Diyatalawa to another private bus before the incident took place.

Among the passengers were seven Army personnel and 5 Air Force personnel. The condition of two Army personnel is reportedly critical, the Army media unit said.

“The Army denies any terrorist involvement in the incident. Police investigations are in progress,” the Army media unit said.

The injured had been rushed to Diyatalawa Hospital. (Colombo Gazette)