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Hand grenade brought by army officer went off

23 February 2018 05:18 am - 15     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


According to Government Senior Assistant Analyst W. A. Roshan Fernando the explosion that occurred in a private bus early on Wednesday (21) in Kahagolla Diyathalawa was a result of a live hand grenade going off, Bandarawela SP Sudath Masinha said.

Police learnt that the grenade had been in the possession of a Sergeant Major from the Kahagolla army camp which had gone off after it fell onto the floor of the bus when he tried to take it out of his pocket where he had hidden it.

Doctors said Sergeant Major was seated in the middle of a seat in the second row from the front right of the bus and had sustained injuries to both legs while a surgery was also performed to remove fragments from his abdomen after he tried to pick up the hand grenade he had dropped.

Nineteen injured passengers were admitted to the Diyathalawa Base Hospital among which were 7 army and 5 air force personnel along with 7 civilians. Two of the injured were said to be women, according to the police.

The Superintendent of the Diyathalawa Base Hospital Dr. Ranjith Amarakone said there were 14 injured persons receiving treatment in-house by Thursday (22) while the others were discharged. (Palitha Ariyawansa)

  Comments - 15

  • Freddy Yong Friday, 23 February 2018 09:30 AM

    What are the authorities going to do about it. The culprit is not dead. How did this guy remove this weapon out of the army base. Goes to show that even in such places overall security has gone to the dogs.

    MHq Friday, 23 February 2018 11:39 AM

    i think he's paying for i t in hospital.

    srimahal Friday, 23 February 2018 11:49 AM

    he include others now abaditha ranaviru.So all need to be categorized according to their duties.

    Why Friday, 23 February 2018 09:34 AM

    Now investigate as to why Sergeant Major took the live hand grenade with him and for what purpose he took this.??

    Sathees Friday, 23 February 2018 09:39 AM

    So, there you go, the LTTE is dead man! Move forward.

    Lankan Friday, 23 February 2018 09:43 AM

    Any terrorist or racist comments? Don't jump the gun people

    ANTON Friday, 23 February 2018 09:45 AM


    Vernon Friday, 23 February 2018 09:56 AM

    So how can a grenade explosion cause the bus to catch fire to such an extent, unless there were some other highly inflammable material close to the explosion?

    sakuni Friday, 23 February 2018 12:04 PM

    Haven't you heard of diesel or petrol

    Dee Friday, 23 February 2018 12:52 PM

    You have any clue to where the diesel tank is in a bus? And also the potential dancer of a half filled tank of low volatile diesel? It just burns slow, and very well.

    Mohan Friday, 23 February 2018 06:07 PM

    Aluminium sheets combined with plastic can burn very easily.

    Silva P Friday, 23 February 2018 10:01 AM

    To All PoliticiansCan we pls avoid spreading rumors to instigate racial hatred among Srilankans pls to avoid peace in this country? We all know some politicians always try to use racial unrest for their own political gain. Let us not give any chances for another communal riots in this country.

    CITIZEN Friday, 23 February 2018 05:00 PM

    Yes, if any racist-politician tries to create racial unrest in the country the people should MAKE A BONFIRE OF THE BUGGER.

    Frogpila Friday, 23 February 2018 11:09 AM

    Damage too much jonny. Can't be a hand grenade.

    JuniorCitizen Friday, 23 February 2018 11:59 AM

    what do you mean by "Damage too much jonny. Can't be a hand grenade.".. what do you think they use hand grenades for? New Year celebrations? it is supposed to make damage... the fact that no one died is a miracle.

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