A bus transporting civilians has been the target of a bomb blast. According to information available, the blast has occurred near Helama, along the Buttala-Niyadella road at around 7.30 A.M. A large number of civilians including schoolchildren were reported to be inside the bus at the time of blast.
Correction: The bomb has been planted inside the bus. It is not a claymore explosion.
DefenceNet previously reported increased LTTE activity in Monaragala district. The article can be found here.