9:49 AM

45 suspects arrested

Police spokesman SSP Ranjith Gunasekara said 45 suspects (17 University Student) have been arrested on Friday’s bus bomb in Katubedda . "They are under interrogation, he said.

Meanwhile Deputy Inspector General of Police Western Province South Division C.D. Wickremarathne said three special teams have been deployed for the investigation activities.

Director of the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital Dr. Wilfred Kumarasiri said 21 persons have been killed by the claymore mine attack that targeted a passenger bus at the Piliyandala-Katubedda road.

A student of the University of Moratuwa is also among the dead. 55 persons were injured by the incident. Out of them 44 are receiving treatments at the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital. Four persons are in critical condition. Five more persons have also been to the Colombo General Hospital. Director of the Hospital Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said the five males are receiving treatments in the Intensive Care Unit.

7:52 AM

Three special teams conduct Investigation- Katubadda Bomb Blast

DIG C.D. Wickremaratne says three special teams are conducting extensive investigations on Friday bomb blast in Katubedda.Police media spokesman and senior SP Ranjith Gunasekera says a high powered claymore bomb was found hidden in Dehiwela.

A micro pistol and bullets were also found. Initially investigations have revealed that a claymore bomb weighing five kilos was blasted using a remote controller.

6:51 AM

SLAF fighters raid LTTE gathering

Sri Lanka Air Force supersonic fighter jets have raided an LTTE gathering place located in the Pooneryn area last night, June 6. According to the Air Force spokesperson, Wing Commander Janaka Nanayakkara, the air sorties were carried out around 11.00 p.m. targeting LTTE gathering observed in general area K-Point in Pooneryn.

6:49 AM

Suspect in the bus bomb blast in Polgolla arrested

Military spokesperson Brigadier Udaya Nanayakk said to Asian Tribune that the suspect who involved bomb explosion in Polgolla was apprehended by civilians and handed over to police.One Senior Police officer from Kandy said to Asian Tribune that the suspect who had trigged the remote control devise was seen running after the bus and civilians who saw him running, chased, apprehended and hand over him to the police.

The identity of the civilian-arrested suspect was not disclosed. Police said investigations are going on.In the meantine Asian Tribune learnt that 20 passengers were onboard at the time of the blast.The bus, bearing number cp HG 7503, was plying from Waththegama to Kandy, and the explosion occurred near the Teachers' Training School in Polgolla.