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ONE MORE TAMIL TIGER (LTTE) SUICIDE BOMBER, in their endless thirst for blood, claimed the life of Major General Parami Kulathunge, Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) in the Army and three others Monday (26) morning at about 7.45 a.m. in Pannipitiya, Maharagama while the Senior Officer was proceeding for work at Army Headquarters. Police investigations confirmed that an LTTE suicide bomber rammed his motorbike into Major General Kulathunge’s vehicle causing a huge explosion that killed three more Army personnel and a civilian. At least, eight others injured in the explosion were admitted to hospitals. A special Police team and the Army bomb disposal squad have rushed to the scene. Details will follow.

Secretary-General condemns suicide bomb attack in Sri Lanka - The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan: The Secretary-General condemns today’s suicide bomb attack in Sri Lanka which killed Major General Parami Kulatunga, the third-highest ranking officer in the Sri Lanka army, and three other people near the capital, Colombo. He expresses his heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved and the Government of Sri Lanka. The Secretary-General reiterates that no cause can justify such acts of violence. The Secretary-General appeals to the parties to redouble their efforts to resume peace talks under the facilitation of the Norwegian Government (Full report in Relief Web).

Sri Lankan General's Killing Points to Rebels, Peace Monitors Say - The assassination of one of Sri Lanka's top army generals by a suspected suicide bomber bore the hallmarks of the Tamil Tigers, European cease-fire monitors said today. Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunga, deputy chief of staff — the third highest- ranking officer in the Sri Lanka army — was on his way to work when a motorcyclist rammed into his vehicle, setting it aflame. General Kulatunga survived the initial blast but was pronounced dead on reaching a hospital in the capital, Colombo, about 12 miles from the explosion site. "Clearly, it's a well planned assassination and has the hallmarks of the LTTE [Tamil rebels]," said the monitors' spokesman, Thorfinnur Omarsson, after its officers visited the site. "We hope it won't have a disastrous effect on what remains of the cease-fire." A Feb. 2002 cease-fire remains only on paper, with more than 700 deaths — half of them civilians — reported this year. The government swiftly blamed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam or LTTE, for the attack. "The LTTE has followed a concerted effort of attempting to derail the peace efforts of the government by such acts of terrorism," President Mahinda Rajapakse said in a statement, blaming the deaths on the Tigers. "This act of violence ... will not frighten either the civilians or the security forces, nor deter them from overcoming the LTTE and its terror." Norway, the peace-broker, blames both sides for failing to resume peace talks. "Without investigations, as usual the government is blaming the LTTE," the rebel spokesman, Daya Master, said. He declined to either accept or deny responsibility for the attack, but a prorebel Web site said it took place in the wake of "Sri Lanka Army deep penetration unit attacks, targeting senior LTTE commanders in Vanni," a rebel-controlled northern area. Four others, including a civilian and the bomber, were also killed in the explosion. At least eight others were wounded, hospital officials said. Today's attack came just two months after Sri Lanka's army chief narrowly escaped a suspected rebel suicide bomber masquerading as a pregnant woman. Body parts, some charred from today's blast, were strewn on the busy street used by school children and office workers. "It was a huge bang," said Roshan Chaminda, who was en route to the nearby train station. "I felt myself getting thrown. Then I saw black smoke bellowing." Shopkeepers in the vicinity collected water in plastic buckets to douse the flames from the mangled silver Peugeot 406. The bodies were dragged out from the driver's side as the passenger side was caved in completely (Full report in New York Times).

Third ranking Military officer killed * Explosives laden motor cycle used * Two suspects arrested Parami killed in terror attack - Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army Major General Parami Kulatunga and three others were killed in an LTTE suicide bomb attack at Pannipitiya yesterday (26). He was on his way to Army Headquarters at around 8.00 a.m. Major General Kulatunga is the highest ranking Army Officer to be killed in an LTTE suicide attack after the aborted attempt by an LTTE woman suicide bomber on Army Commander Sarath Fonseka’s life at Army Headquarters two months ago. Two soldiers and a civilian too were killed when a motor cyclist rammed an explosives laden bike into the vehicle of Maj. Gen. Kulatunga at Pannipitiya. Eight others injured in the attack were admitted to the Kalubowila and the National Hospital Colombo. Among them were several soldiers in Maj. Gen. Kulaatunga’s escort and civilians, hospital sources said. Kulatunga’s vehicle caught fire and exploded on impact, according to eye witnesses. Parami Kulatunga had been under threat from the LTTE over a long period of time. His official vehicle and two security escort vehicles were approaching the High Level Road at the time of the attack. Maj. Gen. Kulatunga had been advised by Army intelligence to be extremely cautious in his movements as he was a very close associate of the Army Commander and an officer who had performed a number of special duties including overseeing some of the duties of the Army Commander, who is recuperating from the suicide bomb attack, sources said. Intelligence Divisions of the Army and Police had warned that there were a number of LTTE suicide cadres in and around Colombo with orders to kill senior government and Armed Forces officers. Police have taken into custody two suspects in connection with the suicide attack. They are believed to gathered information about the movement of Maj. General Kulatunga (Full report in Island).  (More photos in Island).

Sri Lankan general killed in suicide attack - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up as he rammed a car carrying a top Sri Lankan general, killing the officer and three other people, officials said. Five people were wounded. Authorities quickly blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels for the blast just outside Colombo. "These killings are further examples of the (Tiger's) concerted efforts to derail the peace process," President Mahindra Rajapakse said. But the rebels denied any role, and a top insurgent leader, Seevaratnam Puleedevan, said the Tigers were abiding by a cease-fire agreement and were committed to the peace process. Four months of violence have brought Sri Lanka dangerously close to the resumption of full-scale civil war, and Monday's blast — rare in that it was so close to the capital — came just over two months after the Tigers' tried to kill Sri Lanka's top military commander in a suicide bombing in Colombo. The suicide bomber struck as Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunga was on his way work in Colombo, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said. The attack happened close to Kulatunga's home in Pannipitiya, nine miles southeast of Colombo's city center. Kulatunga was a hardened combat veteran who had led numerous operations against the rebels in Sri Lanka's northeast, the scene of most of the fighting during nearly two decades of full-scale war. The general's Peugeot was obliterated by the explosion and the subsequent fire, with little remaining but a pile of ashes by late morning. Kulatunga survived the initial blast only to die on the way to the city's National Hospital, Samarasinghe said. Dozens of parents rushed to the scene after hearing the explosion, fearing children on their way to school could have been injured. However, no children were believed to have been hurt. Authorities investigating the explosion also closed the main road connecting Colombo with central Sri Lanka, known as the High Level Road, stranding thousands of vehicles. The general was killed very near that road. The blast also killed the general's driver, a security guard and a civilian passer-by, the military said. Five other bystanders were wounded and admitted to a hospital. Discrimination against Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamils, most of whom are Hindu, led the Tigers to take up arms in 1983. The resulting war on this tropical island of 19 million people — nearly three-quarters of them Buddhist Sinhalese — left more than 65,000 people dead before a 2002 cease-fire (Full report in Toronto Star).

Major General Parami Kulatunga - Major General Parami Kulatunga was an old boy of the Trinity College Kandy. He joined to the Sri Lanka Army on July 20, 1971 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of the First Battalion, Gemunu Watch on October 14, 1972. General Kulatunga served in a number of staff officer posts - General Staff Officer, Deputy General Officer (Commanding), Director Training at Army Head quarters in 1996 and Head Deputy General Officer for Mirusuvil and Elephant Pass between 1997 and 1998. He also served as General Officer Commanding of 52nd Division at the same time. Kulatunga served as General Officer Commanding for Wanni between 2000 and 2001 and 11th division Panagoda until October 2001 same year. He became the Commander Security Force Headquarters Jaffna in 2003 and served until he took over as Director General (General Staff) Army Headquarters on September 06, 2003. Afterwards he was appointed Commander Security Force Headquarters Wanni effective from August 10, 2004. General Kulatunga was appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army on December 22nd, 2005. He had followed several military education and training programmes in USA and followed Senior Command course in India, Advanced Intensive Course in Singapore and Intelligence Task Course India. Kulatunga has represented several international military conferences including the special operation in the USA. He was a highly decorated officer who was awarded Rana Sura Medal, Riviresa Campaign Medal, Purna Bhumi Medal, North and East Operation Medal, Deshaputhra Medal. General Kulatunga was also the Deputy Commandant of the Kothalawela Defence Academy (Full report in Island).

Disaster, here we come! - With the assassination of Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunga, the country has lost another efficient military officer. He was the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army and third highest ranking military officer. Yesterday’s attack came exactly two months after the abortive attempt on Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka’s life. The LTTE stands condemned for the dastardly crime, having blown its pretence of being interested in peace making, sky high. Similarly, the assassination has exposed the failure of the Army to protect its top brass let alone the general public against terrorism. Not even that shameful security lapse which almost cost the Commander’s life inside the Army Headquarters, galvanised the Army into adopting a better strategy to protect its high ranking officers. Maj. Gen. Kulatunga had been travelling a long distance to work through busy suburbs along congested roads during rush hours, thus, inviting the LTTE and giving it ample time to pursue him. The Tigers are a desperate lot. The wheel of their terror has turned a full circle after two decades of conflict: Yet their goal is far from achieved. They are losing ground internationally with bans being slapped in the very countries which were once its willing hosts. Its terror machine is badly in need of a turbo boost by way of a massive backlash in the South, which will help it regain the lost sympathy abroad. Hence, its brutal terror attacks on civilians. At the same time, it is all out to demoralize and debilitate the military and create uncertainty in the South through high profile assassinations like the killing of Maj. Gen. Kulatunga and attacks on economic targets. Yesterday’s blast also points to a serious security lapse. The Intelligence had reportedly warned Maj. Gen. Kulatunga of threats to his life. Even a child knew that an officer of his rank was a terrorist target. But there were no extraordinary security arrangements to protect him. Why? Had the Military Intelligence assessed the threats to his life accurately and specified them? (Full Editorial in Island).

Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse Speaks after the killing of a Major General - Another example of the LTTE\'s commitment to terror - LankaEverything News - "The assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunga, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, is a another example of the LTTE\'s continued commitment to terrorism and its cowardly use of suicide killers, deserving of contempt and condemnation\", said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a special message on the LTTE\'s assassination carried out this morning. President Rajapaksa said: \"This unabated violence by the LTTE should attract the opprobrium of the entire civilized world. It is a reminder to the international community, and to the Tamil people, that the LTTE remains an organization dedicated to pursue violent means, especially the use of terror to achieve its objectives, which are far removed from the actual needs of the Tamil people.\"The President also said this act of violence targeting a high ranking officer of the Sri Lanka Army, and the callous disregard for the safety of civilians in such attacks, will not frighten either the civilians or the security forces, nor deter them from overcoming the LTTE and its terror. Following is the full text of the President\'s message: \"The assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunga, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, is a another example of the LTTE\'s continued commitment to terrorism and its cowardly use of suicide killers, and deserve both contempt and condemnation.This unabated violence by the LTTE should attract the opprobrium of the entire civilized world. It is a reminder to the international community, and to the Tamil people, that the LTTE remains an organization dedicated to pursue violent means, especially the use of terror to achieve its objectives, which are far removed from the actual needs of the Tamil people.This act of violence targeting a high ranking officer of the Sri Lanka Army, and the callous disregard for the safety of civilians in such attacks, will not frighten either the civilians or the security forces, nor deter them from overcoming the LTTE and its terror.I pay a special tribute to Major General Kulatunga, an exemplary officer in the Sri Lanka Army, whose qualities of leadership deserve emulation. On this sad occasion I wish to re-state my commitment to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, and the democratic rights of all citizens of our country, for which cause Major General Kulatunga and the two others who were killed in this act of cowardice, gave their lives in such a tragic manner. These brutal killings should further strengthen all of us in our resolve to defeat the forces of terror and the enemies of democracy, and move toward achieving a just and lasting peace in our country. These killings are further examples of the LTTE\'s concerted efforts to derail the peace process through acts of terror, and its total disregard for the international community\'s repeated calls on it to cease all violence and acts of terrorism.The highest respect that one can pay to Major General Kulatunga, Sergeant Gomes and Corporal Buddhika, is to remain calm and act with patience on this occasion, and not give in to the sinister calculations of the LTTE.On this sad occasion extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of Major General Kulatunga, Sergeant Gomes and Corporal Buddhika (Full report in Sri Lanka Everthing). 

Media Release - SPUR Condemns the Tamil Tiger Terrorist Assassination of General Parami Kulatunga and calls for Zero Tolerance of Terrorism - The legally elected President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa and the Government lead by the Prime Minister are obligated to provide the necessary security for all its citizens living in our blessed motherland, Sri Lanka. There is no possibility of hand-balling this responsibility to a third party as the responsibility lies fairly and squarely on the broad soldiers of the Executive President who is the supreme commander of the armed forces safeguarding the Nation against internal and external security threats. SPUR unreservedly condemns today’s suicide-bomb killing of General Parami Kulatunga, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, a number of other officers and civilians. Areal bombing of LTTE targets is insufficient to counteract this dastardly act. It is time for the Government to suspend the CFA, ban the LTTE and carryout limited military action coordinated by the Joint Operation Command to provide security for the Nation. This is the least it could do to respect a gallant Army Commander, with over 30 years of dedicated service, who ultimately had to sacrifice his life in the line of duty to protect the territorial integrity of Sri Lanka.   It is common knowledge that the Tamil Tiger Terrorists have begun Eelam War IV. Unlike on previous occasions, the LTTE has planned this time to launch the war on a number of unconventional fronts under cover of the Ranil Wickremasinha’s treacherous 2002 Cease Fire Agreement. Under the Eelam War IV strategy, the Tamil Tiger Terrorists since January 2006: (Full Media Release in SPUR).

Top Sri Lankan officer killed in suicide attack - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up as he rammed a car carrying a Sri Lanka's third-highest ranking military officer Monday, killing the general and three other people, officials said. Five others were wounded. Authorities quickly blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels for the blast just outside Colombo, with President Mahindra Rajapakse saying: "These killings are further examples of the (Tiger's) concerted efforts to derail the peace process." But the rebels later denied any role, and a top insurgent leader, Seevaratnam Puleedevan, said the Tigers were abiding by a ceasefire agreement and were committed to the peace process. Four months of violence have brought Sri Lanka dangerously close to the brink of resuming full-scale civil war, and Monday's blast - a rare attack so close to the capital - came just over two months after the Tigers' tried to kill Sri Lanka's top military commander in a suicide bombing in Colombo. The car carrying Maj. Gen. Parami Kulatunga was taking the general to work in Colombo when it was hit by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said. The attack took place close to Kulatunga's home in Pannipitiya, 15 kilometres southeast of Colombo's city centre. Kulatunga was a hardened combat veteran who had led numerous operations against the rebels in Sri Lanka's northeast, the scene of most of the fighting during nearly two decades of full-scale war. The general's Peugeot was obliterated by the explosion and the subsequent fire, with little remaining but a pile of ashes by late morning. Kulatunga survived the initial blast only to die on the way to the city's National Hospital, Samarasinghe said. Dozens of parents rushed to the scene after hearing the explosion, fearing children on their way to school could have been injured. However, no children were believed to have been hurt. Authorities investigating the explosion also closed the main road connecting Colombo with central Sri Lanka, known as the High Level Road, stranding thousands of vehicles. The general was killed very near that road. The blast also killed the general's driver, a security guard and a civilian passerby, the military said. Five other bystanders were wounded and admitted to a hospital. Discrimination against Sri Lanka's 3.2 million Tamils, most of whom are Hindu, led the Tigers to take up arms in 1983. The resulting war on this tropical island of 19 million people - nearly three-quarters of them Buddhist Sinhalese - left more than 65,000 people dead before a 2002 ceasefire. But talks to build on the truce soon faltered and in the past year, sporadic shootings and bombings have escalated into near-daily violence. Almost 700 people, more than half of them civilians, have been killed since April. The rebels' separatist war is mostly confined to the northeast, where they want to carve out a separate Tamil homeland, though they do sometimes target people in Colombo (Full report in Canadian Com).

Body parts of the LTTE suicide bomber recovered - Police officers collected the body parts of the of the motorbike-riding suspected LTTE suicide bomber who rammed his motorcycle yesterday morning on to the car of the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, Major General Parami Kulathunge’s killing him and two other Army personnel instantaneously. Gangodawila Magistrate, Government Analysts, Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Police Officers and a high-level investigating team visited the scene of the suicidal blast within a short while and concluded preliminary investigations after recovering several severed human parts, believed to be of the suicide bomber. Those parts were later taken to Police morgue for identification and further investigations. The vehicle of Major General Kulatunge and his escort double-cab were completely destroyed in the blast killing two more Army personnel and injuring an Army sergeant. One civilian so far unidentified has also died in the explosion. Eight others wounded in the explosion have been admitted to Colombo, Kalubowila and Sri Jayawardenapura hospitals for immediate treatment. At least five vehicles were completely or partly damaged in the explosion. Sergeant A. R. Gomes and Lance Corporal Buddhika Maduranga, both from the Gemunu Watch died on the spot in the explosion that also injured Sergeant W. K. G. U. Kumara of the Gemunu Watch. LTTE suicide bomber after reaching closer has rammed his motorbike into Lt. General Kulathunge’s Car, as the driver was proceeding ahead, close to Pannipitiya Railway station area during the morning rush hour. The huge explosion caused panic and sent shock waves among civilians and others in the area. Special Police teams from Maharagama Police and Military Police teams, assisted by other investigators were conducting on the spot (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Lt Gen Parami Kulathunge’s Funeral On Wednesday - Major GeneraL Parami Kulathunge RSP USP USAWC, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army is no more. He was the latest Senior Officer of the Armed Forces to fall prey to an LTTE (Tamil Tigers) suicide bomber Monday (26) morning at about 7.50 a.m. The suicide bomber’s explosive-laden motorbike rammed into the official vehicle of Major General Kulatunge near Pannipitiya junction, as it was proceeding towards Colombo during the morning rush hour. LTTE’s endless thirst for blood saw three more Army personnel and a civilian were also killed in the blast that completely gutted Major General Kulathunge’s car, his back-up vehicle and damaged a few other moving vehicles on the road. At least, eight others injured in the powerful explosion were admitted to hospitals. Major General Kulathunge (55) fondly addressed as “Parami” among his Senior Officers and associates is the third most Senior Officer in the Army and was holding the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff at the time he was slain by LTTE terrorists. His slaying occurred this morning (26) exactly two months after a Tamil Tiger woman suicide bomber failed to decimate Army Commander Lt General Sarath Fonseka inside the Army Headquarters. Major General P.S.B. Kulathunge joined the Sri Lanka Army as an Officer Cadet on 20th July 1971. After his initial military training, he was commissioned to the Gemunu Watch as a Second Lieutenant on 14th October 1972. During his 34-year long military career, Major General Kulathunge has held a number of prestigious appointments including those of the Director General General Staff, Commander-Security Forces, Wanni and Deputy Commandant Kotalawala Defence Academy. Born to a reputed family in Kandy, Parami Kulathunge completed his education at Trinity College, Kandy. He was enlisted to the Army on 20th July 1971, commissioned as the 2nd Lieutenant and subsequently posted to the 1st Battalion, the Gemunu Watch on 14.10.1972 (Full report in Asian Tribune).

LTTE kills Gen. Kulatunge - PANNIPTIYA: Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army Major General Parami Kulatunge was assassinated by the LTTE yesterday. Kulatunge, two other soldiers and a civilian were killed when an LTTE suicide bomber riding a motorcycle blew himself up targeting the vehicle of the Major General, near Pannipitiya junction around 7.45 a.m. The Major General was on his way to his office at the Army Headquarters from his official residence at the Panagoda Army base when the suicide bomber struck at the entrance to Sri Devramvehera road connecting the Old Kottawa road and the Highlevel Road. Besides Major General Kulatunge, his driver Sergeant Gomes and Lance Corporal Buddhika were also killed in the attack. Eight others injured in the attack were rushed to the Colombo, Kalubowila and Sri Jayawardenapura Hospitals. Debris of vehicles were seen scattered over a wide area at the explosion site and parts of a head believed to be that of the suicide bomber were lying about 50 metres away from the spot of the blast. The attacker had clearly targeted Major General Kulatunge's vehicle as his Peugeot was totally destroyed. Other vehicles including the backup security vehicle had minor damages. An eyewitness told the Daily News that he saw a white car from the direction of Kottawa and as soon as it turned to the right to enter Sri Devramvehera road he saw a motorcycle approach the car. He was not sure where it came from. There was a loud explosion and he saw a huge fireball in the air and a car door fly. Then he lost consciousness. Army spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said that it was another barbaric act of the LTTE targeting Security Forces personnel. Seven vehicles were badly damaged in the blast - two vans, one CTB bus of the Maharagama depot, two cabs, one trishaw and the Major General's car. The bus which had minor damages had only the driver and the conductor. The explosion caused minor damages to nearby houses and shops. A house opposite the blast site belonging to Major Manjula Wimalarathna suffered minor damage. His sister said: "I heard a huge explosion, then I saw about eight persons lying on the road and some vehicles on fire. Security personnel brought the situation under control." Another person whose house adjoins the location said he heard a loud sound and then cries. He then ran out of his house to see what was happening. "I saw an enormous fire ball in the air and some parts of the vehicles spread all over the road. Some bodies too were lying." (Full report in Daily News on 27 June 2006).

Another example of LTTE's commitment to terror - President - COLOMBO: The assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunge, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, is another example of the LTTE's continued commitment to terrorism and its cowardly use of suicide killers, deserving of contempt and condemnation, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said in a special message on the LTTE's assassination carried out last morning. President Rajapaksa said: "This unabated violence by the LTTE should attract the opprobrium of the entire civilised world. It is a reminder to the international community, and to the Tamil people, that the LTTE remains an organisation dedicated to pursue violent means, especially the use of terror to achieve its objectives, which are far removed from the actual needs of the Tamil people." The President said this act of violence targeting a high ranking officer of the Sri Lanka Army, and the callous disregard for the safety of civilians in such attacks, will not frighten either the civilians or the Security Forces, nor deter them from overcoming the LTTE and its terror. Full text of the President's message: "The assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunga, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, is another example of the LTTE's continued commitment to terrorism and its cowardly use of suicide killers, and deserve both contempt and condemnation. This unabated violence by the LTTE should attract the opprobrium of the entire civilised world. It is a reminder to the international community, and to the Tamil people, that the LTTE remains an organisation dedicated to pursue violent means, especially the use of terror to achieve its objectives, which are far removed from the actual needs of the Tamil people. This act of violence targeting a high ranking officer of the Sri Lanka Army, and the callous disregard for the safety of civilians in such attacks, will not frighten either the civilians or the Security Forces, nor deter them from overcoming the LTTE and its terror. I pay a special tribute to Major General Kulatunga, an exemplary officer in the Sri Lanka Army, whose qualities of leadership deserve emulation. On this sad occasion I wish to re-state my commitment to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, and the democratic rights of all citizens of our country, for which cause Major General Kulatunga and the two others who were killed in this act of cowardice, gave their lives in such a tragic manner. These brutal killings should further strengthen all of us in our resolve to defeat the forces of terror and the enemies of democracy, and move toward achieving a just and lasting peace in our country  (Full report in Daily News on 27 June 2006).

Security Forces investigate mystery call - COLOMBO: The Security Forces have begun investigations into an anonymous call received by the Colombo National Hospital telephone operator yesterday morning, minutes before the suicide attack on Major General Parami Kulatunga at Pannipitiya. The caller has said "Today we are planning something big. Be ready !!! " (Ada api honda wedak denawa. Umbala lesthi wela indapalla) Soon after the call, between 6.55 am to 7.00 am, the operator has dialled emergency 119 and alerted the police. The operator said he believes the caller could have referred to the suicide attack on the Major General. It is suspected the caller could have used a public phone booth to take the call. Police investigations are on to find the origins of the call (Full report in Daily News on 27 June 2006).

Public help vital to deal with terror - Army Spokesman -  COLOMBO: The LTTE suicide attack that killed Major General Parami Kulatunge, two other security personnel and a civilian had been carried out by terrorists when steps were being taken to stabilise national security, Military spokesperson Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said. "We have provided maximum security. We have deployed security personnel at every vital location across the country," said Brigadier Samarasinghe. "We are dealing with terrorists here. As there could be more incidents like this, public assistance is expected to prevent such instances," he said. Reflecting on the incident at Pamunugama, Bopitiya where two LTTE frogmen were arrested by security personnel Brigadier Samarasinghe pointed out that Security Forces were able to prevent the incident after a tip-off from the public. He called the public to assist the Army by being vigilant (Full report in Daily News on 27 June 2006).

LTTE does not want peace; don't understand peace - There is one important lesson that we learn, un-learn, re-learn and sometimes forget or are forced to un-remember: the LTTE does not want peace, does not understand peace, does not know the basic principles of democracy and civilised conduct. Let the nation and the international community understand this: no amount of international pressure, no amount of cajoling, no amount of olive-branches and no amount of suffering for the people he purports to represent will persuade a madman to drop his guns. In this situation a government and people can do one of two things. Surrender or fight. There is no point talking about or thinking about what has happened except to learn the necessary lessons so that they will not be repeated. The errors of predecessors cannot be referenced to lay blame for tragedy; they should be referenced so that they will not be repeated. It has been said by many including the heads of influential governments such as India and the United States of America that the crisis needs a political solution. We wholeheartedly agree. We also believe, wholeheartedly, that if a 'political' solution necessitates dialogue, then that option has been erased from the slate called 'possible'. We believe, however, that 'political' refers to a vast territory and just like India and the United States; for example, it includes an uncompromising determination to fight when all other forms of conflict resolution have been rendered impossible. This is the reality that the peace-loving people of Sri Lanka face today. Prabhakaran has trained his guns on the security forces as well as the civilian population. No one in his or her right mind would recommend surrender or any form of appeasement (that has been tried and has chalked up impressive failure) will get him to strategise otherwise? What option do we have?  (Full report in Daily News on 27 June 2006).

PNM, JVP condemn attack - COLOMBO: The Patriotic National Movement, while vehemently condemning the LTTE suicide bomb attack at Pannipitiya yesterday morning, conveyed its deepest sympathies to the bereaved family members of Major General Parami Kulatunge and other army personnel and the civilian who were the victims of the explosion. Major General Kulatunge was the third in the hierarchy of Security Forces who commanded several major operations in the North East against the LTTE. His sudden death at this crucial hour is an irreparable loss to the Sri Lanka Army. May all the patriotic forces in the island come forward in unity to crush the murderous LTTE terrorism, stated the Message of Condolence of the Patriotic National Movement. The People's Liberation Front (JVP) in a media release yesterday condoled the death of Major General Kulatunga and other army personnel and a civilian and conveyed its sympathies to the bereaved family members of the victims and condemned the LTTE suicide bomb attack as one among many acts of ceasefire violations carried out by the LTTE. Leaving all other priorities aside, the Government must give first preference to defeat LTTE terrorism, it said. The Government must array the masses to combat terrorism. This is the reality underscored by the assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunga, said the JVP media release. The Government must force the deceitful peace facilitator to leave the country without roaming about any longer. We call upon the Government to pioneer the challenge of defeating LTTE terrorism without delay, stated the media release (Full report in Daily News on 27 June 2006).

Another example of the LTTE's commitment to terror - President - "The assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunga, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, is a another example of the LTTE's continued commitment to terrorism and its cowardly use of suicide killers, deserving of contempt and condemnation", said President Mahinda Rajapaksa in a special message on the LTTE's assassination carried out this morning. President Rajapaksa said: "This unabated violence by the LTTE should attract the opprobrium of the entire civilized world. It is a reminder to the international community, and to the Tamil people, that the LTTE remains an organization dedicated to pursue violent means, especially the use of terror to achieve its objectives, which are far removed from the actual needs of the Tamil people." The President also said this act of violence targeting a high ranking officer of the Sri Lanka Army, and the callous disregard for the safety of civilians in such attacks, will not frighten either the civilians or the security forces, nor deter them from overcoming the LTTE and its terror. Following is the full text of the President's message: "The assassination of Major General Parami Kulatunga, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, is a another example of the LTTE's continued commitment to terrorism and its cowardly use of suicide killers, and deserve both contempt and condemnation. This unabated violence by the LTTE should attract the opprobrium of the entire civilized world. It is a reminder to the international community, and to the Tamil people, that the LTTE remains an organization dedicated to pursue violent means, especially the use of terror to achieve its objectives, which are far removed from the actual needs of the Tamil people. This act of violence targeting a high ranking officer of the Sri Lanka Army, and the callous disregard for the safety of civilians in such attacks, will not frighten either the civilians or the security forces, nor deter them from overcoming the LTTE and its terror. I pay a special tribute to Major General Kulatunga, an exemplary officer in the Sri Lanka Army, whose qualities of leadership deserve emulation. On this sad occasion I wish to re-state my commitment to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Sri Lanka, and the democratic rights of all citizens of our country, for which cause Major General Kulatunga and the two others who were killed in this act of cowardice, gave their lives in such a tragic manner (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

LTTE Suicide Bomber Claims Senior Army Officer’s Life - COLOMBO: ONE MORE TAMIL TIGER (LTTE) SUICIDE BOMBER, in their endless thirst for blood, claimed the life of Major General Parami Kulathunge, Deputy Chief of Staff (DCOS) in the Army and three others Monday (26) morning at about 7.45 a.m. in Pannipitiya, Maharagama while the Senior Officer was proceeding for work at Army Headquarters. Police investigations confirmed that an LTTE suicide bomber rammed his motorbike into Major General Kulathunge’s vehicle causing a huge explosion that killed three more Army personnel and a civilian. At least, eight others injured in the explosion were admitted to hospitals. A special Police team and the Army bomb disposal squad have rushed to the scene. Details will follow (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

Bomb explosion at Pannipitiya - LTTE Kills Deputy Chief of Staff of the SLA - A LTTE suicide bomber who had come on a motor bike exploded himself at Moraketiya Junction in Pannipitiya , around 08.00 a.m, today(26). Sources said that the bomb was exploded targeting security personnel. Further damages are yet to be confirmed. The explosion set a car ablaze. Hospital sources report that 03 Army personnel including Deputy Chief of Staff, Sri Lanka Army, Major General Parami Kulathunga, were killed due to the explosion . Casualties are yet to be reported. LTTE terrorists are suspected to be behind the cowardly attack carried in the highly populated city area. Latest reports say that four people including three Army personnel were killed and another five more people received injuries due to the suicide bomb explosion carried out by LTTE, today morning in Pannipitiya. People who received injuries were admitted to the Colombo National hospital, Kalubowila Teaching Hospital and Sri Jayawardenapura hospital (Full report and photos in Sri Lanka defence Ministry).

 


LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorist's recent atrocities ..............

Kebitigollewa Massacre - Read full details and phots in SPUR WebPage.

Read full details on Suicide Bomb Attack on Lt General Sarath Fonseka - 25 April 2006.

  Kalyanapura, Gomarankadawala Massacre on 23 April 2006


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