A bus transporting civilians between Janakapura (Weli-Oya) and Parakramapura (Anuradhapura) has been hit by a claymore explosion near the Kobbekaduwa junction in Atha Watunu Wewa area at 3.45PM today. 10 civilians including 2 women have been killed and at least 17 have sustained injuries in the incident. 2 soldiers of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) have also been killed in the blast.
The village of Atha Watunu Wewa has been vulnerable to LTTE attacks ever since fighting erupted between the Sri Lanka army and LTTE in August 2006. The rebels have been accused of directing mortar fire to the village targeting civilian property on a number of occasions before.