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Four civilians killed in LTTE bus attack

At least four civilians have been killed and 26 wounded when suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas fired at a bus in southern Sri Lanka.
By HT Correspondent | IANS, Colombo
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2008 02:14 PM IST

At least four civilians were killed and 26 wounded when suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas fired at a bus in southern Sri Lanka on Friday, the defence ministry said.

The authorities said a group of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) opened fire at the bus at the 49th mile post along the Buttala-Kataragama main road around 10.15 a.m., killing three passengers instantly.

The bus was plying from Moneragala towards Kataragama in a region dominated by the majority Sinhalese community.

The victims included two women and a 12-year-old child, the ministry said, quoting sources at the Kataragama hospital. A fourth victim succumbed to injuries at the Hambantota hospital.

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