A bomb explosion on a crowded bus near Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo, has killed at least 24 people and wounded more than 40 others.
The attack took place during the (Friday) evening rush hour at a bus station in the suburb Piliyandala. No one has claimed responsibility.
But a government spokesman (Lakshman Hulugalle) blamed Tamil Tiger rebels. Earlier today, the Sri Lankan military said government troops had taken control of a revered Roman Catholic shrine, just two days after one of their deadliest battles with rebels. Officials said soldiers captured the centuries-old Catholic church in Madhu with little resistance. The church is located in northwestern Mannar district, on a front line in the renewed civil war between the army and the Tamil Tigers.