10 people were killed and a further 95 were injured today when a LTTE suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle into a bus transporting Police riot squad personnel. Among the dead were 8 policemen. 30 more police personnel were wounded in the blast. There were soaring civilian casualties in the blast with over 50 civilians being injured. Another police bus and several three wheelers parked nearby sustained damages in the blast.
Meanwhile Sri Lanka Army's 57 division conducting operations in the Palampiddi region are progressing with increased success. Tigers in this region have begun to feel the pressure of the army offensive since the army captured a key bridge two weeks ago. Three 8-man teams of the army captured the Palampiddi bridge on the 6th, killing 6 tigers in the process. With the capture of this bridge, army is now able to move armored units further into the Wanni. Tigers have called one of their senior commanders, Veerappan Master, from Kilinochchi to defend the area however he has not been able to make a difference so far.
Few more bodies of LTTE cadres killed at the hands of 57th division were handed over to the ICRC today. 5 of the bodies were of female child soldiers.