Initial investigations reveal grenade caused explosion in bus

Initial investigations conducted on the explosion and fire which destroyed a passenger bus today revealed that a grenade had caused the explosion, Law and Order Minister Sagala Ratnayake said.

He told Parliament that the grenade had reportedly been in the bag of a passenger on the bus.

A minor explosion and a fire destroyed the 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. (Colombo Gazette)