Suicide Bomb attack on Sri Lanka Army HQ

25 April 2006

11 dead, 27 injured including the head of the army, Lt. General Sarath Fonseka.

Sri Lanka Army seeks public help to identify suicide bomber

  Chronology of Suicide Bomb Attacks by LTTE Tamil Tiger Terrorists in Sri Lanka

  Chronology of LTTE Tamil Tiger Atrocities since June 2005

More pictures on the Suicide Bomb Attack in SinhelaNet

Death Toll In Tamil Tiger Suicide Attack Increases - COLOMBO: THE DEATH TOLL IN SUICIDAL BOMB BLAST at Army Headquarters premises rose to eleven by late Monday (01) evening as one more injured soldier of the Sri Lanka Army succumbed to injuries while being treated at COLOMBO National Hospital. Sergeant G.W. RUWAN KUMARA of 2nd Battalion Sri Lanka Army Corps of Military Police (SLACMP) after he was severely wounded in Tuesday’s (25) suicidal bomb attack on Commander of the Army, has been kept on a life saving machine until last evening (01) in view of his deteriorating health condition. Sergeant G.W. RUWANKUMARA, a father of two children leaves behind his beloved wife GAYATHRI of 69/2, MIRIGAMA ROAD, MANELWEWA, KALELIYA. To-date, eleven personnel including one civilian have died following the blast self-activated by an LTTE suicide bomber who was a pregnant woman of 21 years of age (Full report in Sri Lanka Army)..

Army Chief ‘stable’, say doctors - Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who was seriously injured in the LTTE suicide bomb attack at Army Headquarters has still not regained full consciousness and is still on a ventilator, a surgeon said. The surgeon who was involved in the three-hour operation said the situation at one point was “touch and go” but the Commander pulled through. He said they hoped to remove the ventilator soon and were confident the commander, with several battle wounds before, would recover. National Hospital Director Hector Weerasinghe, however, said the Army Commander’s condition was “stable” though medical staff at the intensive care unit were constantly monitoring the situation (Full report in Sunday Times).

Suicide bomber’s ID leads to more arrests - The CID investigating last Tuesday’s suicide bomb attack on Army Commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka at the Army Headquarters in Colombo has detained five suspects. The latest arrest came in the wake of the CID stumbling upon the woman’s identity card which had an address at Puvarasankulam in Vavuniya. Two supposed family members from the house at the address were arrested and brought to Colombo for interrogation. A CID team had gone to Vavuniya to investigate the bomber’s connections as they believed that she would have originally come from the area. Detectives found that the suicide bomber had stayed in a lodge at Dam Street in Colombo 12 and has had some 25 visitors. The CID is now trying to locate the visitors and what links they had with the woman. Police also detained the lodge owner who was later released. During questioning he had told investigators that the woman had first come with a Muslim man. When she was not allowed to stay in the lodge the first time she had again arrived with a Tamil man and had eventually been provided accommodation. Detectives had found out that the bomber had visited the Army Headquarters on a few occasions as an officer’s wife who was pregnant. Investigators are trying to find out how she had entered the high security area without arousing suspicion and being checked. Death toll rises to 11. A female soldier injured in Tuesday’s suicide bomb attack at the Army Headquarters succumbed to her injuries at the National Hospital, taking the death toll to 11, a Hospital official said yesterday. They said five people wounded in the incident, including Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, were being treated at the Intenstive Care Unit (Full report in Sunday Times).

Army chief’s condition improves - The condition of Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, warded in the Intensive Care Unit of the Colombo National Hospital, is stable and he is on the way to recovery, hospital sources said yesterday (27). A team of doctors is monitoring his condition. Lt. Gen. Fonseka received grievous injuries in an LTTE suicide bomb attack on Tuesday and has been under surgical attention by a team of specialist surgeons, at the time of going to press (Full report in Island).

Army Commander speaks a few words - Army Commander Sarath Fonseka, who underwent four operations at the National Hospital, after being attacked by a suicide bomber on Tuesday, spoke a few words to his doctors last morning. The doctors said the Commander’s condition was improving and he recognized those who came to see him (Full report in Daily Mirror).

BAN TAMIL TIGER TERRORISTS (LTTE) IN EU COUNTRIES IMMEDIATELY - We refer to our letter dated 15 Aril 2006 and bring to your notice the subsequent perpetration of brutal terror by the LTTE against the democratically elected Government of Sri Lanka and its people, including unarmed civilians. A LTTE woman suicide bomber attacked the Sri Lanka Army headquarters critically injuring the Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka, killing 8 and injuring 27 others. It was only on 23rd April that the brutal LTTE killed 6 Sinhala farmers who were toiling in their paddy fields. Yesterday they stabbed and killed a young Sinhalese mother who was breast-feeding her child in Serunuwara in Trincomalee. The LTTE is executing a plan to ethnically cleanse Sinhalese and Muslim communities from the East of Sri Lanka. Their strategy is to maximise the killing of Sinhalese and Muslim people, driving them away from their villages abutting terrorist controlled areas. The complementary objective is to provoke civilian riots elsewhere to justify the LTTE’s racist claim that Tamil communities cannot coexist with the Sinhalese and the Muslim people. In addition to the above, since December 5, LTTE has killed 64 Army personnel, 36 Navy men, 4 Airmen, 10 Police officers, 7 Home guards and over 100 hundred unarmed innocent civilians. How would each of your member countries react if a terrorist group premeditate and commits such brutal crimes in their countries? We know that as usual, you would condemn these brutal killings of the LTTE, sympathising with the grieving families of the victims. Predictably, despite committing such heinous crimes including the conscription of child soldiers, you will impress on the Government of Sri Lanka to negotiate with these brutal terrorists seeking an amicable solution to this terrorist problem. Will any of your countries negotiate with a terrorist group displaying such pathological lust for blood?  Sympathy alone for the Sri Lankan Government is grossly inadequate. What Sri Lanka needs at this moment in time are tangible EU actions to discourage the LTTE from killing human beings.  Proscribing the LTTE and naming it as a terrorist organisation could achieve this most effectively. Such a ban in EU countries will deter LTTE’s dubious fund raising activities weakening its capacity to purchase arms and perpetrate terror. The President of the EU has been previously informed of the atrocities committed by LTTE over the last twenty years, including the killing of statesmen, politicians, their political opponents, clergy and thousands of innocent civilians. Details of LTTE atrocities can be accessed via our website: http://www.spur.asn.au/latest1.htm or http://www.spur.asn.au. We urge you to extend full military support to Sri Lanka to protect democracy, and proscribe the LTTE and name them as a terrorist organization in EU countries immediately to:  (1) Stop the ethnic cleansing of the Sinhalese and Muslim people from the east of Sri Lanka; and (2) Convince the LTTE that human rights are sacrosanct and that their brutal conduct is unacceptable to the civilised national and international community (read full in SPUR).

Army Chief’s condition stable - The condition of Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is stable but he will have an extended stay in the ICU with no further surgeries planned at the moment. Colombo National Hospital Director Dr. Hector Weerasinghe said the Army Chief underwent a 3½ hour surgery by specialists in different fields, involving opening of the thoracic and abdominal cavities. Dr. Weerasinghe declined to comment on the details of the surgery (full report in Daily Mirror).

Suicide bombing: Lodge keeper arrested - In a breakthrough in the investigation into Tuesday’s bomb explosion at Army headquarters, the National Intelligence Bureau yesterday arrested the manager of a Dam Street lodge where the suspected LTTE female suicide bomber was said to have stayed. The NIB officers said the woman might have stayed at the lodge as a casual guest and the detectives were trying to ascertain whether the manager was aware of the woman’s LTTE connection when providing her accommodation. The suspect is now being questioned by the NIB. Meanwhile a woman acting suspiciously -- who attempted to enter the Intensive Care Unit of the National hospital where injured Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was receiving treatment -- was arrested by army personnel yesterday evening. When she was questioned the woman had said she was a doctor attached to the Jaffna hospital and was transferred to the Colombo General hospital yesterday. She was handed over to the CID for further investigations. The detectives were checking with the Health Ministry and the Jaffna hospital whether what the woman said was true. Meanwhile a large number of police and army personnel carried out a series of search operations throughout yesterday in the Colombo City and the suburbs. Colombo DIG Pujith Jayasundara told the Daily Mirror 97 persons were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the Tuesday’s bomb explosion and of them 11 were females. The suspects include Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims. The DIG said security in Colombo was strengthened with instructions going out to police and military personnel at check points to be vigilant of people acting suspiciously or suspicious vehicles and parcels (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Suicide bomber’s body to be reassembled - The body of the female LTTE suicide bomber who carried out the attack on the convoy carrying Army Commander Sarath Fonseka is to be reassembled, police said. A senior official of the Criminal Investigation Department said that the investigators expect that “by reassembling the body a large amount of vital information could be obtained, into the incident”. “A special team of doctors is already reassembling her body”, he said. “It will help us to get her full picture and could show it to army personnel at the Army headquarters in view to gain any information about her whereabouts and other details about her companions, who visited the army headquarters along with her”, he said. He also revealed that already investigators have found vital details about her and are now investigating whether the bomber had got any support from inside the Army headquarters.. “We believe that there would be someone inside, who provided and help to the suicide bomber to gain access to the premises and the Commander’s movement, he said. Meanwhile, IGP Chandra Fernando has appointed six special CID teams to investigate the Tuesday’s suicide attack (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Annan Condemns Sri Lanka Bombing as 'Atrocious' - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the "atrocious" suicide bombing at a military installation in Sri Lanka which killed several army personnel and civilians and seriously wounded the army chief, and called on the Government and Tamil separatists to resume peace talks. In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said "no cause can justify such acts of violence" and expressed his condolences to the families of the bereaved and the Government. "The Secretary-General is disturbed by the rapidly escalating violence on the island, as seen in a vicious cycle of attacks and retaliations that appears to seriously endanger the fragile peace process," the statement added. "He would like to again stress that a return to civil war will not resolve outstanding differences between the parties. He calls on the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to summon the political will to resume their dialogue under the facilitation of the Norwegian Government," it concluded (Full report in News Blaze).

Annan slams deadly suicide bombing in Sri Lanka - UN chief Kofi Annan on Tuesday slammed a suicide bombing which killed 10 people and wounded the army chief in Sri Lanka’s capital and urged the Colombo government and Tamil rebels to resume Norwegian-mediated peace talks. "The Secretary General strongly condemns today’s atrocious suicide bombing at a military installation in Colombo that claimed the lives of several army personnel and civilians, and seriously wounded the head of Sri Lanka’s army, Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka," his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said. In a statement, Dujarric said Annan was "disturbed by the rapidly escalating violence on the island, as seen in a vicious cycle of attacks and retaliations that appears to seriously endanger the fragile peace process." `A0`A0 The UN chief appealed to the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) "to summon the political will to resume their dialogue under the facilitation of the Norwegian Government." More than 30 people were also injured when a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber, pretending to be pregnant, blew herself up inside the high security zone of Colombo’s main military base, Sri Lankan police said. The attack on Fonseka’s convoy was another blow to the Indian Ocean island’s troubled peace process and a blood-soaked truce. Sri Lanka’s military blamed a woman rebel of the LTTE for the suicide bombing, but there was no immediate reaction from the group (full report in Island).

Army seeks public help to identify suicide bomber - With the death toll rising to nine in the attempted LTTE suicide attack on Army Commander Tuesday (25) afternoon, authorities at Colombo Military Hospital and Colombo National hospital on Wednesday (26) morning finalized the identification process of the dead and the injured, many of who are receiving treatment at Intensive Care Units. An LTTE woman suicide bomber, entering the premises as a fake pregnant woman blew herself up near the Military hospital entrance on Tuesday (25) afternoon at about 1.30 p.m. when the Army Commander was proceeding for his lunch. The suicidal blast excluding the bomber has as of Wednesday (26) afternoon caused nine deaths. Twenty-seven Army and civil personnel received injuries in the explosion. Sergeant W. A. M. Priyantha, (S/34753), - 4th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Corporal K. Warusawithana, (S/2L00040) - 2nd (Volunteer) Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps, Lance Corporal O. K. D. P. Viraj (S/676049) — 3rd Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police, Lance Corporal G. M. S. L. Jagath (S/408689) — Gemunu Watch, Lance Corporal D. M. S. Sunil Rajarathne (S/34196) — 1st Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Private W. D. S. K. Devasurendre (S/409111) — 7th Gemunu Watch, Private Daminda Attanayake (S/602069) — Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps and the civilian, Ms. Nirupa Priyangani of Kurunegala died on the spot and Corporal Y. L. A. C. R. Yakandawala, (S/675382) — 1st Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police succumbed to his injuries at Colombo National Hospital Wednesday (26) morning (Full report in Island).

US condemns attack on army headquarters - The United States condemned the attack against an army headquarters in Colombo and called the suicide blast a provocation by the Tamil Terrorist LTTE. "This is clearly an act of terror, which we condemn," the State Department's deputy spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters. "It is an unacceptable act of terror, a clear provocation and an escalation of violence. "We express our sympathies and condolences to the victims of this attack and will continue our efforts to work with the parties in Sri Lanka, the friends of Sri Lanka, including the Norwegians, and all those who want to see a solution to this conflict through dialogue and through negotiation and not through violence." Police said Army HQ attack, which killed 9 people and severely injured the army's chief, was carried out by a Tamil Terrorist LTTE suicide bomber pretending to be pregnant. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher said the attack marked a step back for the political process in Sri Lanka and risked plunging the country back into war. "It's regrettable that the Tamil Tigers have decided to restart the war instead of restarting the peace process," he told reporters. "We are in touch with governments around the world to bring to bear whatever pressure we can on the Tamil Tigers to abandon this course of action and to look for ways that we can support the government on coping with the threat." (Full report in SinhelaNet).

Int'l condemnation on LTTE's barbaric terrorist attack - The international community yesterday deplored the barbaric LTTE terrorist attack at the Army Headquarters, calling on the LTTE to give up terrorism and all acts of violence. The Co-Chairs of the Sri Lankan Peace Process (United States, European Union, Japan and Norway) condemning the attempted assassination of Lt. General Sarath Fonseka, exhorted the LTTE to cease all suicide attacks and other forms of violence. The Co-Chairs sent their condolences to the families of the persons who lost their lives in the attack. They expressed their grave concern about the further escalation of violence. The United States condemned the suicide bomb attack against the army headquarters. "This is clearly an act of terror, which we condemn," the State Department's deputy spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters. "It is an unacceptable act of terror, a clear provocation and an escalation of violence.  "We express our sympathies and condolences to the victims of this attack and will continue our efforts to work with the parties in Sri Lanka, the friends of Sri Lanka, including the Norwegians, and all those who want to see a solution to this conflict through dialogue and through negotiation and not through violence." The United States deplores all acts of terrorism such as yesterday's attack, US Embassy media officer E. Owen told the Daily News. Owen added that the LTTE needed to give up terrorism in both word and deed. The Austrian presidency of the European Union yesterday condemned the suicide bombing in Sri Lanka and expressed its condolences to the government and relatives of the victims. "This appalling act of terrorism must not be allowed to threaten the prospects for peace in Sri Lanka," the EU said in a statement released in Austria. UN chief Kofi Annan slammed the suicide bombing which killed 10 people and wounded the Army Chief in Sri Lanka's capital. "The Secretary General strongly condemns today's atrocious suicide bombing at a military installation in Colombo," his spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said. The UN chief appealed to the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) "to summon the political will to resume their dialogue under the facilitation of the Norwegian Government." The Sri Lankan Monitoring Mission (SLMM) strongly condemned the suicide bomb attack at the Army Headquarters in Colombo resulting in death and injury of both Army personnel and civilians. It said the SLMM still has limited information about the attack and will for the time being refrain from drawing any immediate conclusions about the possible perpetrators. However we remain at the disposal for the Government of Sri Lanka to assist in making the necessary inquiries. The SLMM said: "This attack is yet another serious blow to the Ceasefire Agreement and the Peace Process. It is likely to have very negative effects on the relationship between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers or Tamil Eelam and could jeopardize any possibility for future talks (Full report in Daily News on 26 April 2006). 

Eight killed in blast at Army HQ; Commander injured - Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka was critically injured and eight others killed yesterday when a female Black Tiger suicide cadre disguised as a pregnant woman, blew herself up in front of the exit of the Military Hospital inside the Colombo Army headquarters. Twenty seven others, most of them visitors to the Army Hospital, were also injured, some critically. "The Commander is now in a stable condition and out of danger," Military Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said. Investigations revealed that the LTTE suicide bomber disguised as a pregnant woman had been transported to the hospital premises from the main gate in an Army vehicle. Yesterday was Maternity Day at the Army Hospital. As a practice, pregnant women entering the Army Hospital premises for Maternity Day are not subject to stringent security checks. She had walked towards the vehicle the Commander was travelling in on his way home for lunch. When his personal security staff on motorcycles tried to block the woman from advancing towards the car, she exploded herself. "The bomb went off in the 'rush hour' when family members of soldiers were visiting their relatives, and officers were going to have their lunch or were coming from lunch. "There were also groups of family members of soldiers and officers who had come for treatment," an officer at the scene said. The official said they launched a search operation inside the Army premises just after the attack as a precaution. General Fonseka is the second seniormost Armed Forces commander to come under a LTTE suicide attack after former Navy Commander Clancy Fernando. He is also the second high profile personality targeted by the LTTE suicide cadres since the February 22, 2002, ceasefire. The first attempt was made on Minister Douglas Devananda in July 2004. A special team attached to the Criminal Investigation Department also rushed to the scene to conduct investigations (Full report in Daily News on 26 April 2006). 

LTTEs Suicide Bomb Attack - Ever since the Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) was signed, the LTTE has been violating it. The Norwegian Monitoring mission unashamedly reports the LTTE has violated the CFA 3653 times. During the last week alone official figures state 45 armed forces personnel were killed by LTTE Claymore mines. People of the areas affected report a much higher number of deaths from these attacks. The suicide bomb attack on Tuesday 25th April is the latest in this spate of violence that kept escalating as the date for the second round of peace talks in Geneva came closer.   The attempt on the life of the Army Commander of Sri Lanka is a serious matter. It is time the International community addressed it seriously.   From time to time different countries have added the LTTE to their list of terrorist organisations. The EU banned LTTE personnel from travelling within its territories. The latest country to ban the LTTE is Canada – where the LTTE was powerful enough to intimidate journalists who reported on their true activities.   It should be quite clear to all that the CFA was never considered a valid document by the LTTE. If this is so, why should the Government of Sri Lanka abide by it? This document, flawed from its very inception, should be torn up. Now that the LTTE have so decisively shown their hand, the Government of Sri Lanka should put the armed forces on high alert and prepare for war, not to attack, but to repulse any attacks that the LTTE may launch.   No more peace talks until the LTTE lays down their arms. No country should compel the Sri Lanka government to negotiate with the LTTE. By their action today, they have turned their back on the peace process and have shown that they want nothing short of war.   The so-called Sri Lanka monitoring mission should be disbanded and the Norwegians should be deported. They have not only signally failed in their mission to bring the LTTE to the negotiating table; they have shown that they never had any intention of doing so. By their actions they have exposed themselves as being so partisan that they have time and again abused the position they had in various ways.   Countries like Japan, the EU and Britain to name a few, have, in the past, shown a very lenient attitude to the LTTE. These countries should realise they are dealing with the most ruthless terrorist organisation in the world to date. The LTTE has mentored other groups selling their know how and expertise. Any country that has so far not banned the LTTE should do so immediately, without delay.  The Government of Sri Lanka should remember they have a duty and a responsibility to the people, those who have elected them to rule the country for every Sri Lankan. It is not the international community or the donor countries that will bear the brunt of LTTE actions; it is the people of Sri Lanka. It is time the government realised this and stood by the people. If the LTTE does not wish for Peace, it is the duty of the Government of Sri Lanka to ensure that the People of Sri Lanka are given Peace with Honour not a divided country with a ruthless enemy waiting to pounce.

We can satisfy health condition of the Sri Lanka Army Commander- Health official - Director of the Colombo National Hospital Dr. Hector Weerasinghe has expressed satisfaction on the present health condition of army commander Lt. General Sarath Fonseka, who was injured in a bomb blast. He is currently being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital along with four others who were also wounded in the incident. Altogether, 13 people were injured in the attack. It has also been reported Pinkamas are being conducted throughout the island wishing speedy recovery to Lt. General Sarath Fonseka and other army officials injured in the incident. Meanwhile the Criminal Investigation Department has appointed a special team of investigators headed by a senior official to probe the suicide bomb attack at the Army Headquarters on Tuesday. It has been established that the female LTTE bomber has entered the army headquarters several times in previous occasions. The CID plans to question every security forces member who was on duty at the time of the blast. However the Operational Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence says a Sri Lanka Navy craft retaliated in self-defence when it came under fire from LTTE boats off Sampur Bay in Trincomalee on Wednesday. It also says the SLN craft on petrol off Trincomalee harbour was approached by a cluster of LTTE boats within the restricted zone. The Sri Lanka Navy has retaliated with the assistance of Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Air Force troops (Full report in Sri Lanka Everything).

The Dead & The Injured Identified As Death Toll Rises In LTTE Suicide Attack - COLOMBO: WITH THE DEATH TOLL RISING TO NINE IN THE LTTE SUICIDE ATTACK on the Army Commander Tuesday (25) afternoon, authorities at COLOMBO Military Hospital and COLOMBO National hospital on Wednesday (26) morning finalized the identification process of the dead and the injured, many of who are receiving treatment at Intensive Care Units. An LTTE woman suicide bomber, entering the premises as a fake pregnant woman blew herself up near the Military hospital entrance on Tuesday (25) afternoon at about 1.30 p.m. when the Army Commander was proceeding for his lunch. The suicidal blast excluding the bomber has as of Wednesday (26) afternoon caused nine deaths. Twenty-seven Army and civil personnel received injuries in the explosion. Sergeant W.A.M. PRIYANTHA (S/34753) - 4th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Corporal K. WARUSAWITHANA (S/2L00040) - 2nd (Volunteer) Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps, Lance Corporal O.K.D.P. VIRAJ (S/676049) – 3rd Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police, Lance Corporal G.M.S.L. JAGATH (S/408689) – Gemunu Watch, Lance Corporal D.M.S. SUNIL RAJARATHNE (S/34196) – 1st Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Private W.D.S.K. DEVASURENDRA (S/409111) – 7th Gemunu Watch, Private DAMINDA ATTANAYAKE (S/602069) – Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps and the civilian, Ms. NIRUPA PRIYANGANI of KURUNEGALA died on the spot and Corporal Y.L.A.C.R. YAKANDAWALA (S/675382) – 1st Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police succumbed to his injuries at COLOMBO National Hospital Wednesday (26) morning. Lieutenent General G. S. C. FONSEKA, Commander of the Army, Major P. WICKRAMASINGHE (O/62317) - Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Major M. P. RAMANAYAKE (O/3389) – 14th Sri Lanka Light Infantry, Major CHAMINDA EDIRISINGHE (O/3845) – 14th Sri Lanka National Guard, Staff Sergeant J.M.S. WIJESOORIYA (S/82752) – 1st Sri Lanka Army Service Corps, Staff Sergeant S. M. D. DESHAPRIYA (S/42925) - 4th Gemunu Watch, Sergeant H. G. D. JAYANTHA KUMARA (S/550731) – 1st Commando Regiment, Sergeant G.W. RUWAN KUMARA (S/90921) - 2nd Sri Lanka Corps of Military Police, Corporal H. PRADEEP KUMARA (S/401268) – 5th Gemunu Watch, Corporal S. H. SISIRA KARUNARATNE (S/00099) – 2nd Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment, Lance Corporal N. H. SILVA (S/605509) – 1st Sri Lanka Army Medical Corp, Lance Corporal D.A.P. SENEVIRATNE (S/553765) – 1st Commando Regiment, Lance Corporal A.M.A. SUSANTHA KUMARA (S/553785) - 1st Commando Regiment, Lance Corporal P.D.M. PATHIRAGE (S/552247) - 1st Commando Regiment, Lance Corporal P. H. PUSHPA KUMARA (S/460791) – 1st Gajaba Regiment, Lance Corporal G. K. SARATH (S/00427) – 2nd Sri Lanka Army Service Corps, Rifleman R. M. U. KUMARASIRI (S/366578) – 4th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Private P. KEERTHIRATHNE (S/307378) – 4th Sri Lanka Light Infantry, Private L. S. K. SILVA (S/02239) – 5 Sri Lanka Light Infantry, Private K. M. C. L. BANDARA (S/464620) - 4th Gajaba Regiment, Private K. ANURADASA (S/360347) – 4th Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment, Private W. P. RUWAN KUMARA (S/01114) – 12th Sri Lanka National Guard, Private J.R. RAJAPAKSHE (S/379084) – 7th Field Sri Lanka Engineers, Private R.G.S. RANJITH KUMARA (S/412527) – 7th Gemunu Watch, Private SITHARA GUNATHILAKE (S/59427) – 1st Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps, GOONARATHNE (Civil) and W.G. SUNITHA RAJAPAKSA (Civil) are among the total of 27 personnel injured in the LTTE suicide attack (Full report in Sri Lanka Army)..

Army Commander Recovering - Army Commander Sarath Fonseka who faced a suicide bomber attack on Tuesday is reported to be recovering after a long surgery to treat the wounds in chest and abdominal area. He has had a telephone discussion with the President and Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse visited to see his conditions and talked with Commander, hospital sources said to SinhalaNet. Nearly eight people died in the attack, which injured Fonseka, the first suicide bombing in the Sri Lankan capital since July 2004, and the biggest attack by LTTE since they signed a truce with the government in 2002. Brig. Tissa Jayawardena stated that the surgery of General Sarath Fonseka has been completed and that his condition is stable. President Rajapakse has insructed security forces to strenghten security in Colombo. The CID has taken over the investigations (Full report in SinhelaNet).

Annan condemns Sri Lanka bombing as 'atrocious' and totally inexcusable - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today strongly condemned the “atrocious” suicide bombing at a military installation in Sri Lanka which killed several army personnel and civilians and seriously wounded the army chief, and called on the Government and Tamil separatists to resume peace talks. In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan said “no cause can justify such acts of violence” and expressed his condolences to the families of the bereaved and the Government. “The Secretary-General is disturbed by the rapidly escalating violence on the island, as seen in a vicious cycle of attacks and retaliations that appears to seriously endanger the fragile peace process,” the statement added. “He would like to again stress that a return to civil war will not resolve outstanding differences between the parties. He calls on the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to summon the political will to resume their dialogue under the facilitation of the Norwegian Government,” it concluded (Full report in UN News Centre)..

ADDRESS THE TERRORISTS WITH A LANGUAGE IT COULD UNDERSTAND - The 243rd suicide bomb attack carried out by the world’s notorious and ruthless terrorist organization LTTE aiming to eliminate the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, and reported attempts being made to attack the Trincomalee Naval Base has compelled the Sri Lankan Air Force to attack the terrorist camp in Sampur, Tricomalee inflicting heavy damages to the terrorists.. Immediately after the suicide attack Terrorist Intellgence Chief Pottu Amman’s website “Tamileditors” flashed in bold letters “Sarath Fonseka, the man responsible for the horrific murder of 1000s of innocent Tamil civilians in the Jaffna peninsula during the 1990s has been seriously injured in a bomb blast in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo.” This flash was captioned as “Mass Murderer Seriously Injured”. It also said, that “all five of the murderer’s bodyguards were killed on site”. In its despicable customary manner the terrorist outfit would certainly deny its involvement in this suicide expedition and it would be followed by supportive statements from their sanitizers, the Norwegians, the SLMM and the dollar worshiping Sinhala peace merchants trying to implicate responsibility of this heinous crime on an imaginary third party as it had done in many previous occasions. 8 persons including 5 Army personnel were killed and 27 persons injured in this outrageous attack. 5 of the injured are said to be in critical condition. Commander Fonseka, a great and fearless son of Sri Lanka is reported to be out of danger after being operated by a team of 10 surgeons. He was the terrorist outfit’s most hated and despised personnel in the Sri Lankan security establishment. The suicide bomber had come disguised as a pregnant woman with explosives tied to her body and had waited with the relatives of security personnel at the gate of the Army hospital. The attack had taken place at the gate of the Army Headquarters. Reports indicate that Commander Fonseka who suffered serious injuries in the chest and in the abdominal area is now considered as out of danger, and it is the heartfelt wish of all the patriotic Sri Lankans (Full report in LankaWeb).

Suicide Bomber Kills 10, Eroding Sri Lanka Cease-Fire - The frayed cease-fire accord between the government and the ethnic Tamil rebels seemed closer to collapse today, as the air force fired on rebel-controlled areas after a suicide bomber attacked the military headquarters here. The attack killed 10 people and injured at least 28, including the country's top military official. Government troops have not fired on rebel positions since the 2002 cease-fire agreement with the main rebel group, Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Although no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, the government attributed the attack to the Tigers, saying it bore the hallmarks of previous rebel assaults. The suspected bomber disguised herself as a pregnant woman on her way to visit the military hospital, the military spokesman, Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe, said. The bomb was detonated near a convoy of vehicles carrying the army commander, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseca, to lunch. The suicide bombing comes on the heels of a steady spate of assassinations and landmine attacks over the last several weeks, which effectively quashed talks on the 25-year-old war that were due to resume in Geneva last week. An estimated 65,000 people have been killed so far in the war. The head of the government's peace secretariat, Palitha Kohona, said in a telephone interview, "We have not gone back to war and don't intend to." He said the strikes on rebel positions were a "pre-emptive action designed to deter further provocations of the type we witnessed today." The Tigers did not issue a statement, but TamilNet, a Web site that is sympathetic to the rebel cause, confirmed that fighter planes had fired on a rebel post in the eastern port city of Trincomalee. A 14-hour curfew has been imposed there. Military officials said rebel areas in the Sampoor region, about 140 miles east of the capital, Colombo, were also targeted. The main highway connecting rebel-controlled territory with the rest of the country was closed indefinitely, the officials said. Helen Olafsdottir, the spokeswoman for the Scandinavian-led Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, said the suicide attack and the government strikes on rebel areas "could jeopardize any possibility for future talks." "There is a desperate need for the two parties to resume talks if the situation is not to result in a serious conflict that could escalate out of control and lead to war," she added. Jehan Perera, an analyst with the National Peace Council, an independent advocacy group, described each strike as an "act of war." "In practice, the cease-fire is a dead letter," he said. The injured military leader, General Fonseca, is known as a hardliner opposed to making concessions with the rebels (Full report in New York Times).

ACT NOW TO SAVE SRI LANKA - The brutalities of the Tiger terrorists are growing and seem to be increasing daily. It has now started massacring unarmed civilians in the northern and eastern parts of Sri Lanka. The list of murders committed on innocent civilians on the 25th of April is as follows. *Six youth were dragged from their paddy fields and shot dead by the LTTE in Kalyanapura, Gomarankadawala, *a woman was hacked to death in Kawanthissapura, Serunuwara and when the home guards retaliated, the terrorists had fled sparing the lives of a few others, * a mother and a 2year old child were killed while the child was breast fed in Kaduruwela Polonnaruwa as a retaliation for the arrest of LTTE carders who had been hiding in the hut of the victims and * two men from Dutuwewa Kebilithigollawa were shot by the LTTE terrorists. These have been the tactics of this brutal ruthless organization who have a notorious background of being responsible for the genocide of several Sinhala and Muslim villages in the North and the East of Sri Lanka, Dollor and Kent farm incidences being the worst of the lot. This is done in the face of severe restrain shown by the Sri Lankan Army obeying the Cease Fire Agreement. The recent spate of violence by the LTTE has two main motives. One, with the idea of chasing away the people from “border villages” thereby expanding the Eelam territory, adhering to their strategy of ethnic cleansing. The other, aimed at provocating the civilians and creating ethnic disharmony with the intention of triggering another communal clash, the result of which could be manipulated to the advantage of the LTTE globally (Full report in LankaWeb).

Sri Lanka's president appeals for calm after blast - Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa appealed for calm after a suspected Tamil rebel suicide bomber seriously injured Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka and killed 11 others on Tuesday. In an address to the nation, Rajapaksa said the attack was an indication that rebels no longer believed that negotiations would help resolve the ethnic conflict, despite the government's efforts to proceed with the peace talks. 'It is clear that the LTTE (Tamil rebels) are trying to create communal violence and try to get the benefit of it', Rajapaska said. Sri Lanka Air Force jets bombed suspected Tamil rebel targets in the north-east just hours after the suicide bomb attack on the army commander, local residents said. Late Tuesday, the army fired artillery at rebel-held areas in Sampoor, Ilakkanthai and Kattaparichchan in the Trincomalee district, 250 kilometres north-east of Colombo. National television described the attacks as a retaliation for rebel attacks in the area. Lt. Gen. Fonseka underwent three-hour, emergency surgery at the National Hospital. 'The commander has undergone an emergency surgery and is in a stable condition,' said the head of the National Hospital, Dr Hector Weerasinghe. The commander was being driven from his office in the high- security military complex for lunch when the bomb was detonated at around 1:40 p.m. (0810 GMT), army officials said. The attacker had posed as a pregnant woman visiting the hospital for army personnel in the compound, the officials added. The soldiers killed in the explosion were members of the commander's motorcycle escort. The three civilians killed had been visiting patients at the army hospital. Twenty seven persons, mostly soldiers escorting the commander, were injured. The army said it believed Tamil rebels with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were responsible for the attack (Full report in M & C).

Army Commanders' condition confirmed stable - Hospital sources in Colombo confirmed yesterday evening that Army Commander Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka who received injuries to his stomach in the blast on Tuesday afternoon is now stable & out of danger at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Colombo National Hospital after surgeries were done on him. According to Sri Lanka Army’s official website, LTTE’s suicidal bomb attack that targeted Army Commander Sarath Fonseka on Tuesday (25) afternoon at 1.35 p.m. near the Colombo Military Hospital premises, claimed eight lives and wounded twenty-nine others, including the commander & two officers. It was reported that Major Piyal Wickrematunga, a member of the security team of the Army Commander died. Furthermore, two soldiers providing security to the Army Commander in motor bikes died on the spot. Colombo Magistrate visited the scene and commenced the magisterial inquiry with the help of the police and the government analyst. The woman suicider’s head after the self-activated explosion was found hanging on a nearby tree after it was severed from the rest of her body. Meanwhile, four of those died in the explosion have been so far identified as Corporal Warusavithana (s/0040), Lance Corporal O.K.D.P.Viraj, Private W. D.S.R. Deva Surendra & Ms. Niluka Priyangani – a civilian. Identification of the dead and the injured is still in progress and the criminal investigations department (CID) has taken over the investigations. The area has been cordoned until further investigations are over. The police investigations are on (Full report in Asian Tribune)..

* Lt. Gen. Fonseka seriously injured * Eight killed 27 wounded - Bomber came as pregnant mother: Security lapses revealed - Preliminary investigations into yesterday’s terror attack on the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka have shed light on grave security lapses at the Army Headquarters, sources said. The bomber had been visiting the Army Hospital under the guise of a pregnant mother on a number of occasions. She had even attended a maternity clinic held on Tuesday. It had not been established at the time of going to press how she had managed to smuggle the suicide kit into to the well guarded military facility. Fonseka was critically injured but doctors were hopeful that he would survive the attempt on his life. Brigadier Tissa Jayawardane, Director Operations, Army headquarters confirmed that the suicide bomber had been waiting near the army hospital and exploded herself near his car. "Lt Gen Fonseka's condition has vastly improved," Director Accident Service of the National Hospital Dr Anil Jasinghe said. "The Army Commander has sustained severe injuries to the abdomen" another National Hospital doctor said. According to a military source, on Tuesdays there was a special clinic conducted at the Army Hospital for pregnant women, where family members of army personnel are entitled to treatment. A high level commission of inquiry has been appointed to ascertain how the woman LTTE cadre was able to gain entry to the high security establishment. Eight people were killed in the blast, among them were four of the Commander's bodyguards. The others were civilians who had visited the hospital, 27 persons were injured. The LTTE showed their disappointment , when Lt. Gen Fonseka was appointed Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, by killing nine soldiers including an officer in Nallur, the day he assumed duties. Around 70 people, both, civilians and from the armed forces have been killed during the last two weeks by the LTTE (Full report in Island).

Finally The Sword Of Damocles Has Fallen! It Needs To be Picked Up And Used To Smite The Enemy Mightily! ~ April25th 2006. - Finally the Sword of Damocles has fallen! That which hovered over the Sri Lankan Administration ever since the initial Peace Process and Ceasefire were signed with the brokering of Norway and the ulterior motives of Ranil Wickremasinghe whose idealogies were further replenished and re-furbished by the former President Kumaratunga now set in place! This now is no time to prevaricate on the importance of resorting to attack as the best form of defence on the part of Sri Lanka's Security forces to rid the Nation of the plague of the LTTE. It is reported the airstrikes and military action has already been initiated in the North and North East of Sri Lanka which is a positive start despite any bleatings by the International Community towards any negative feedback denouncing Sri lanka's response furthering the cause for dialogue! with insensitive conscionceless and ruthless imbecillic terrorists! The chief of Sri Lanka's Army Maj.Gen.Sarath Fonseka has been among the casualties when a decrepid looking Tamil woman dressed to appear pregnant blew herself up near the military's Colombo headquarters in an attack the government blames on Tamil Tiger separatists opposed to the Nation's Peace Process. There is no reason to believe to the contrary that there was any other source behind the attack as this attack bears all the hallmarks of the LTTE and despite denials which are bound to follow the Government must now act swiftly efficiently and silently to confront and rid the Nation permanently of this cancer that is continuing eat into Sri lanka's administrative infrastructure and disrupt the lives of her people, purely because of Governmental restraint, moderation, tolerance and patience which has in all probabilities vented the objectives towards this explosion which has taken place on the evening of the 24th of April, about 1 kilometer (0.6 mile) from the President's office and the Central Bank. The bomber has blown herself up as the motorcade of Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was passing by and the Police have reported five bodyguards being killed also. (Full report in Lanka Web).

Barbarism continues - Yesterday’s terror attack on the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka came as no surprise. The LTTE had been preparing the ground for a high profile assassination and the target happened to be Fonseka. He was undergoing an emergency operation with serious injuries at the time of writing. Eight were killed and over twenty others injured. The LTTE wouldn’t have hesitated to target anyone else—even a top level government leader. The CFA has given the LTTE a license to kill. When it assassinated Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgarmar last year and water closed in on that dastardly crime, it was clear the LTTE wouldn’t stop at that. The world denounced that crime and in the same breadth urged the government to adhere to the ceasefire thus issuing a veiled warning against retaliatory attacks. Some members of the international community even stopped short of naming the LTTE. The government took it all lying down. Naturally the outfit got emboldened. Having made a virtue of its adversity in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, by entering into a CFA with the UNF government, which mistook it for an achievement, the LTTE has been preparing for war under the pretext of making peace. It went all out to cripple the military intelligence by assassinating capable officers of the calibre of Muthalif and Meedin. Thanks to the UNF government, which raided the Millennium City army safe house and exposed the identities of the commandos specialised in deep penetration offensives and the intelligence officers who operated from there, the LTTE also debilitated the Army long range operations so its leaders would be safe in its exclusive ethnic enclave behind the iron curtain. After the signing of the CFA, in an interview with this newspaper, EPDP Leader and Minister Douglas Devananda warned of heavy LTTE infiltration of Colombo. He placed the number of suicide bombers who had entered the city at 50 and claimed the LTTE would trigger a spate of blasts, the day it decided to torpedo the truce. Despite the LTTE’s war preparations, the military lowered its guard and governments failed to take precautions. They were all lulled into a false sense of complacency, which has proved to be extremely costly, as the unfolding events demonstrate (Full Editorial in Island).

Sri Lanka President Addresses the Nation -Government will not not hesitate to take all necessary actions to counter and prevent terrorist acts - The Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) vehemently condemns the assassination attempt on Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka. Initial investigations and the modus operandi of the suicide bomb attack point to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as responsible for the attack which killed eight persons including several civilians who were visiting patients at the hospital in the compound and injured dozens of others including the Army Commander. This suicide terror attack is yet another demonstration of the LTTE's callous disregard for the CFA despite repeated assurance by the SLMM and the Norwegian facilitator that the LTTE would abide by the Ceasefire Agreement. The Government, while condemning such dastardly acts wishes to reassure the nation that it would not hesitate to take all necessary actions to counter and prevent such terrorist acts. As a legitimate government, it is duty bound to protect citizens from any terrorist attack. The Government wishes to point out that recent hostile attacks perpetrated by the LTTE before and after the first round of Geneva Talks and its decision to keep away from the second round of peace talks have put the entire peace process and the ceasefire agreement into jeopardy. The Government, while reiterating its complete adherence to the ceasefire agreement, wishes once again to reassure the nation that the safety of the citizens and the security of the nation would receive its top most priority. It appeals to the people of all communities to exercise maximum restraint and not to fall prey to the LTTE ploy of provoking a backlash. The Government has stepped up security and all effective steps have been taken to maintain law and order in all parts of the country especially in the eastern city of Trincomalee where a public market place came under LTTE terror attack recently (Full report in Lanka Everything). 

Secretary-General strongly condemns Sri Lanka suicide bombing, says escalating violence could endanger fragile peace process - The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan: The Secretary-General strongly condemns today’s atrocious suicide bombing at a military installation in Colombo that claimed the lives of several army personnel and civilians, and seriously wounded the Head of Sri Lanka’s army, Lt. General Sarath Fonseka. He reiterates that no cause can justify such acts of violence and expresses his condolences to the families of the bereaved and the Government of Sri Lanka. The Secretary-General is disturbed by the rapidly escalating violence on the island, as seen in a vicious cycle of attacks and retaliations that appears to seriously endanger the fragile peace process. He would like to again stress that a return to civil war will not resolve outstanding differences between the parties. He calls on the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to summon the political will to resume their dialogue under the facilitation of the Norwegian Government (Full report in ReliefWeb).

Sri  Lanka hits Tigers after suicide blast kills 9 - Sri Lanka's military attacked Tamil Tiger rebel targets on Tuesday in retaliation after a suicide attack on the army's headquarters that killed nine, raising fears a battered ceasefire might be collapsing. Earlier in the day, a suspected Black Tiger suicide bomber pretending to be pregnant blew herself up in an attack on the army's commander, bringing violence that had been confined to the north and east to the capital. The government said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had clashed with naval patrol boats in Trincomalee harbor, but that the air and artillery strikes that followed - the first official military action against the rebels since the 2002 truce — did not mean a return to a two-decade civil war. But while the military said attacks in the Trincomalee area had ceased, an army source further south in Batticaloa said troops were exchanging fire with Tiger positions. "The LTTE did something this afternoon that clearly breached the ceasefire," head of the government peace secretariat, Palitha Kohona, told Reuters. "The government had to act. We still hope that the LTTE will decide to come to talks." The Tigers said they came under attack from Kfir fighter jets and artillery in the northeastern Trincomalee district, but there was no immediate word on casualties. They denied responsibility for the Colombo attack, just as they had for other recent ambushes on the military. "We are not pulling out from the ceasefire agreement or anything," said rebel media co-ordinator Daya Master. Addressing the nation after the strikes, President Mahinda Rajapakse barely mentioned the ceasefire, saying his government would not give in to terror. He said he was concerned by recent killings of ethnic minority Tamil civilians. "I make a fervent appeal to all our people not to take the law into their own hands," he said. About 110 people have died in the bloodiest two weeks since the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire halted the civil war that killed more than 64,000, with the rebels still keen to win their goal of a Tamil homeland in the island's north and east (Full report in ABC).

Fake Pregnant Bomber Kills 8 in Sri Lanka - A bomber pretending to be pregnant talked her way into a military complex Tuesday, then blew herself up in front of a car carrying the Sri Lankan army commander, killing eight people and wounding the officer and 26 others. Government warplanes quickly struck at areas held by the Tamil Tiger rebel movement in a new round of escalating violence that threatens to shred a 4-year-old truce in the island's civil war. ``This attack is yet another blow to the cease-fire agreement and the peace process,'' European monitors warned after the suicide bombing. Neither government officials nor the rebels spoke about the state of the truce, but tensions have been worsening along with violence that has killed at least 89 people, including 43 soldiers or police, just this month. The rebels accuse the Sinhalese-dominated government of discriminating against minority Tamils and want a separate homeland on the island, which lies off India's southern tip. Before the 2002 truce stopped large-scale fighting, more than 65,000 people died in two decades of war. Last week, the rebels backed out of peace talks that had been scheduled to start Monday in Geneva, citing attacks on Tamil civilians and other disputes with the government. No one claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, but the rebels have a history of using suicide bombers. President Mahinda Rajapakse, whose government blamed the bombing on the Tamil Tiger rebels, took a defiant stance in a televised address Tuesday night. ``I can't be scared by any mode of terrorism,'' Rajapakse said. ``Similarly, my government can't be brought to its knees by any kind of challenge.'' The bomber reportedly disguised herself as pregnant to conceal the explosives used to strike at Fonseka inside the military headquarters in Colombo, the capital. She entered the grounds by presenting fake identification and saying she had an appointment for a checkup at the army hospital inside the complex, said military officials, who insisted on speaking anonymously because of regulations. Once inside, she triggered an explosion near a car carrying Fonseka, a veteran of 35 years in the infantry who was appointed army commander after Rajapakse became president in November. The bomber died instantly, but it wasn't clear if she was included in the government's figure of eight dead. ``I saw a fireball as I came out of my saloon,'' said S.A. Weerasinghe, who works in the military saloon inside the sprawling complex. Fonseka was in stable condition after undergoing surgery for abdominal injuries, said an army spokesman, Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. The 26 other wounded included the general's driver and escort and several civilians, he said. Hours after the bombing, witnesses reported that military planes and mortars struck at rebel positions near Trincomalee, an important port 135 miles northeast of Colombo (Full report in Guardian).

President takes tough stand against terrorism - President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday took a tough stand against terrorism, saying his government “would not go down on its knees” in the face of any challenge and insisted the commitment for peace was not a weakness. In an emotionally charged address to the nation on state-television last night, the President said: “Do not misread our commitment for peace as a weakness,” (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Peace cannot not be achieved through violence: UNP - Political parties including the main Opposition UNP and the Tamil United Liberations Front (TULF) yesterday condemned the LTTE attack on Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. UNP Assistant General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said the Tamil Tigers should realize that peace could not be achieved through violence. He said the tense situation in the North-East during the past week was due to breach of confidence between the Government and the LTTE (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Sri Lankan gov't condemns assassination attempt on army chief - The Sri Lankan government condemned Tuesday the Tamil Tigers' assassination attempt on Army Commander Sarath Fonseka but appealed to the people to exercise maximum restraint. In a press release, the government said that "initial investigations and the modus operandi of the suicide bomb attack point to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as responsible for the attack." Eight people, including several civilians who were visiting patients at the hospital inside the Army headquarters complex, were killed and dozens of others, including the army commander, were injured in the powerful explosion that occurred at around 1:30 p.m. (0800 GMT), said the release. The release said the suicide attack is yet another demonstration of the LTTE's callous disregard for the ceasefire agreement signed by the government and the LTTE in 2002, adding that recent attacks have put the entire peace process and the ceasefire agreement into jeopardy. However, the release said the government will continue to adhere to the ceasefire agreement and "take all necessary actions to counter and prevent such terrorist acts." "It appeals to the people of all communities to exercise maximum restraint and not to fall prey to the LTTE ploy of provoking a backlash," it said. Meanwhile, the government troops had launched air and naval raids on Tamil Tiger rebel positions in the eastern province area of Sampur some four hours after suicide blast. Palitha Kohona, head of the government peace secretariat, said that air raids "were done in retaliation as the LTTE had fired shells at the government troops in the Eastern Province," Kohona said. Kohona, however, said that military attacks did not mean the return to the hostilities and the government was "still committed to peace." He added that the attacks were meant to deter LTTE from future attacks. More than 64,000 people were killed in Sri Lanka's drawn-out separatist armed conflict from mid-1980s to February 2002, when the Norwegians brokered the ongoing truce (Full report in China View).

India condemns suicide attack in Sri Lanka - Terming the suicide bombing in Colombo, which seriously wounded the Sri Lankan army chief, as a 'brazen act of terrorism,' Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday spoke to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on phone and conveyed India's solidarity with the government and people of the island in its 'difficult hour.' Mukherjee said violence was not the answer to any problem and political dialogue was the only way to resolve outstanding issues, an External Affairs Ministry statement in New Delhi said. He conveyed India's shock at the incident in which Sri Lankan Army Chief Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka was critically injured when a suicide bomber posing as a pregnant woman struck at the army headquarters in Colombo. The Sri Lankan President appreciated India's gesture and thanked it for the support and solidarity shown, the statement said (Full report in Rediff).. 

Tigers' ceasefire on verge of collapse - Sri Lanka's military attacked Tamil Tiger rebel targets on Tuesday in retaliation after a suicide attack on the army's headquarters that killed nine, raising fears a battered ceasefire might be collapsing. Earlier in the day, a suspected Black Tiger suicide bomber pretending to be pregnant blew herself up in an attack on the army's commander, bringing violence that had been confined to the north and east to the capital. The government said the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had clashed with naval patrol boats in Trincomalee harbour, but that the air and artillery strikes that followed - the first official military action against the rebels since the 2002 truce - did not mean a return to a two-decade civil war. But while the military said attacks in the Trincomalee area had ceased, an army source further south in Batticaloa said troops were exchanging fire with Tiger positions. "The LTTE did something this afternoon that clearly breached the ceasefire," head of the government peace secretariat, Palitha Kohona, told Reuters. "The government had to act. We still hope that the LTTE will decide to come to talks." The Tigers said they came under attack from Kfir fighter jets and artillery in the north-eastern Trincomalee district, but there was no immediate word on casualties. They denied responsibility for the Colombo attack, just as they had for other recent ambushes on the military. "We are not pulling out from the ceasefire agreement or anything," said rebel media co-ordinator Daya Master. Addressing the nation after the strikes, President Mahinda Rajapakse barely mentioned the ceasefire, saying his government would not give in to terror. He said he was concerned by recent killings of ethnic minority Tamil civilians. "I make a fervent appeal to all our people not to take the law into their own hands," he said. About 110 people have died in the bloodiest two weeks since the Norwegian-brokered ceasefire halted the civil war that killed more than 64,000, with the rebels still keen to win their goal of a Tamil homeland in the island's north and east. Peace talks were supposed to take place in Geneva this week but arrangements became deadlocked on over how to transport a group of eastern rebel commanders to attend a pre-talks meeting.  But the rebels' real complaint is what they say is government complicity with a breakaway rebel group in the east attacking the mainstream Tigers. With mediator Norway still trying to secure talks, the Nordic mission monitoring the truce called for restraint. "My assessment - which is also my hope - is that this is a limited retaliatory strike for today's attack," Swedish Major-General Ulf Henricsson, head of the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission, told Reuters. The United States and European Union both condemned the suicide bombing, calling for progress on the peace process. "It is an unacceptable act of terror, a clear provocation and an escalation of violence," State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters in Washington (Full report in TVNZ).

President takes tough stand against terrorism - President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday took a tough stand against terrorism, saying his government “would not go down on its knees” in the face of any challenge and insisted the commitment for peace was not a weakness. In an emotionally charged address to the nation on state-television last night, the President said: “Do not misread our commitment for peace as a weakness,” The President insisted that it was a collective challenge of the people in the country to act together in the face of surging violence. Making a scathing attack against the LTTE on the attempt on the Army Commander the President said the LTTE had unilaterally broken the peace initiative of the government and the international community including all those committed to peace have accepted restraint exercised by the government. “Despite LTTE claims to honour the ceasefire agreement, it goes on violating it trying to create communal ill-feelings between the Sinhala and Tamil communities, the President said. “I call upon the people not to take the law into their hands and go on the rampage,” the President urged. Commenting on the LTTE’s temporary withdrawal from the peace talks in Geneva, the President noted that its reasoning for not coming to the table was not simply acceptable. “The LTTE responds to the government’s effort to reach a negotiated settlement with suicide attacks,” the President said. The LTTE has stooped to the level of killing the soldiers on their way home for vacation ahead of Sinhala and Tamil New Year and go on a killing spree of innocent farmers who had nothing to do with the clashes. Since the Geneva talks concluded on February 23, the LTTE has carried out nearly 20 bomb blasts, killing 47 military personnel, 28 civilians and injuring 139 people, he said. The President also expressed concern over the killing of V. Vigneswaran saying that he had ordered the police to crack down on the wrongdoers (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Govt. vows to take counter action, but ceasefire stands - The government last night vowed to take all necessary action to counter and prevent terrorist acts while condemning yesterday’s assassination attempt on Army Commander Sarath Fonseka. Blaming the LTTE for the assassination attempt, the government said in a statement “Initial investigations and the modus operandi of the suicide bomb attack point to the LTTE as responsible for the attack which killed eight persons including several civilians, who were visiting patients at the hospital in the compound and injured dozens including the Army Commander”. This suicide terror attack is yet another demonstration of the LTTE's callous disregard for the ceasefire agreement despite repeated assurance by the SLMM and the Norwegian facilitator that the LTTE would abide by it. The Government, while condemning such dastardly acts wishes to reassure the nation that it would not hesitate to take all necessary actions to counter and prevent such terrorist acts. As a legitimate government, it is duty bound to protect citizens from any terrorist attack. The Government wishes to point out that recent hostile attacks perpetrated by the LTTE before and after the first round of Geneva Talks and its decision to keep away from the second round of peace talks have put the entire peace process and the ceasefire agreement into jeopardy. The Government, while reiterating its complete adherence to the ceasefire agreement, wishes once again to reassure the nation that the safety of the citizens and the security of the nation would receive its top most priority. It appeals to the people of all communities to exercise maximum restraint and not to fall prey to the LTTE ploy of provoking a backlash. The Government has stepped up security and all effective steps have been taken to maintain law and order in all parts of the country especially in the eastern city of Trincomalee where a public market place came under LTTE terror attack recently (Full report in Daily Mirror).

Army Commander stable after three-hour surgery - The Director of the Accident Service of Colombo National Hospital Dr. Anil Jayasinghe says that the surgery of the Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka is close to end now. The Army Commander was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital with serious injuries after a suicide bomb attack around 1.40 p.m. today at the gate of the Army Headquarters. The Army Commander is to be admitted to the Intensive Care Unit after the operation. Ten surgeons participated in the surgery which lasted more than three hours. The Commander had serious injuries in his abdomen area, said Dr. Anil Jayasinghe. He expects the condition of the Army Commander to improve. Later in the evening, Brig. Tissa Jayawardena stated that the surgery of General Sarath Fonseka has been completed and his condition is stable (Full report in Colombo Page).

COMMANDER OUT OF DANGER & FAST IMPROVING AFTER LTTE SUICIDE BLAST - LTTE’S SUICIDAL BOMB ATTACK THAT TARGETTED ARMY COMMANDER LIEUTENANT GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA TUESDAY (25) AFTERNOON AT 1.35 P.M. NEAR THE COLOMBO MILITARY HOSPITAL PREMISES CLAIMED EIGHT LIVES AND WOUNDED TWENTY-NINE OTHERS, INCLUDING THE COMMANDER & TWO OFFICERS. HOSPITAL SOURCES AT ABOUT 6.00 P.M. (LOCAL TIME) THIS EVENING CONFIRMED THAT THE ARMY COMMANDER WHO RECEIVED INJURIES TO HIS STOMACH IN THE BLAST IS NOW STABLE & OUT OF DANGER AT THE INTENSIVE CARE UNIT (ICU) AT COLOMBO NATIONAL HOSPITAL AFTER SURGERIES DONE ON HIM. MEANWHILE, FOUR OF THOSE DIED IN THE EXPLOSION HAVE BEEN SO FAR IDENTIFIED AS CORPORAL WARUSAVITHANA (S/0040), LANCE CORPORAL O. K. D. P VIRAJ, PRIVATE W. D. S. R DEVA SURENDRA & Ms NILUKA PRIYANGANI (Civil). (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

LTTE SUICIDE BLAST INJURES ARMY COMMANDER AND CLAIMS EIGHT LIVES & INJURES TWENTY NINE - COLOMBO: AN LTTE (TAMIL TIGERS) WOMAN SUICIDE BOMBER AWAITING IN FRONT OF THE MILITARY HOSPITAL ENTRANCE IN THE ARMY HEADQUARTERS PREMISES IN COLOMBO BLEW HERSELF UP TUESDAY (25) AFTERNOON AT ABOUT 1.35 P.M CLAIMING AT LEAST EIGHT LIVES AND INJURING THE ARMY COMMANDER LIEUTENANT GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA AND TWENTY EIGHT OTHERS, REPORTS CONFIRMED. THE LTTE WOMAN SUICIDE BOMBER HAS REPORTEDLY WAITED NEAR THE OUTSIDE GATE OF THE MILITARY HOSPITAL UNTIL THE ARMY COMMANDER’S ENTOURAGE WENT PAST HER. ARMY COMMANDER LIEUTENANT GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA WAS PROCEEDING FOR LUNCH WHEN THE WOMAN SUICIDE BOMBER WHO WAS PRETENDING TO BE AWAITING THE HOSPITAL BUS RAMMED INTO THE ADVANCING COMMANDER’S CAR AND BLEW HERSELF UP. EXPLOSION THAT TRIGGERED KILLED AT LEAST SEVEN PERSONNEL ON THE SPOT.
AS THIS REPORT WAS FILED, ONE MORE SUCCUMBED TO INJURIES AT THE OPERATION THEATER IN THE COLOMBO NATIONAL HOSPITAL INCREASING THE DEATH TOLL TO EIGHT. ALL TWENTY-EIGHT INJURED ARE NOW LYING AT MILITARY AND COLOMBO NATIONAL HOSPITALS
TWO ARMY OFFICERS AND THIRTEEN OTHERS WOUNDED IN THE EXPLOSION WERE IMMEDIATELY EVACUATED TO THE NEAREST MILITARY HOSPITAL. OF THEM, THREE ARE IN A CRITICAL CONDITION AND WERE UNDERGOING SURGERY IN THE MILITARY HOSPITAL. FOURTEEN INJURED PERSONNEL INCLUDING THE ARMY COMMANDER ARE RECEIVING TREATMENT AT THE COLOMBO NATIONAL HOSPITAL. HOSPITAL SOURCES CONFIRMED THAT THE COMMANDER’S CONDITION IS FAST IMPROVING AND GETTING STABLE AFTER A MAJOR SURGERY DONE ON HIM.
THE MAGISTRATE VISITED THE SCENE AND COMMENCED THE MAGISTERIAL INQUIRY WITH THE HELP OF THE POLICE AND THE GOVERNMENT ANALYST. THE WOMAN SUICIDER’S HEAD AFTER THE SELF-ACTIVATED EXPLOSION WAS FOUND HANGING ON A NEARBY TREE AFTER IT WAS SEVERED FROM THE REST OF HER BODY. IDENTIFICATION OF THE DEAD AND THE INJURED IS STILL IN PROGRESS AND THE CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DEPARTMENT (CID) HAS TAKEN OVER INVESTIGATIONS. THE AREA HAS BEEN CORDONED UNTIL FURTHER INVESTIGATIONS ARE OVER.
THE POLICE INVESTIGATIONS ARE ON (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

SUICIDE BLAST INJURES ARMY COMMANDER AND CLAIMS SEVERAL LIVES - COLOMBO:A POWERFUL BLAST ACTIVATED BY A WOMAN TAMIL TIGER (LTTE) SUICIDE BOMBER CLAIMED THE LIVES OF SEVERAL ARMY AND CIVIL PERSONNEL NEAR THE MILITARY HOSPITAL GATE THIS AFTERNOON (25) AROUND 1.30 P.M. COMMANDER OF THE ARMY LIEUTENANT GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA AND SEVERAL OTHERS RECEIVED INJURIES AND WERE ADMITTED TO THE COLOMBO NATIONAL HOSPITAL. MORE DETAILS WITH A FULL ACCOUNT WOULD FOLLOW. (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

Terrorism will not frighten him, says SL Prez - Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that he will not be cowed down by the terrorist acts of the LTTE. In a televised address to the nation after the suicide bomb attack on the Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka earlier on Tuesday, Rajapaksa also said that the main aim of the LTTE was to foment Sinhala-Tamil communal clashes. He appealed to the people not fall into the trap laid by the LTTE. "Friends, no type of terrorism will frighten me," the President declared. "I and my government will not be brought to our knees." "I emphasise and caution that one should avoid mistaking our desire for peace and our responsibility to achieve it as a government, as weakness." "What the LTTE attempts to achieve by intensifying these attacks, while grossly violating the Ceasefire Agreement they are said to be bound by, is to bring about a clash of a communal nature among the Sinhalese and the Tamil people." "It is the strategy of the LTTE by this means to change international opinion that is unfavourable to them, to be in their favour." "Therefore, I make a fervent appeal to all our people not to take the law into their own hands, and in a way give cause for such a communal clash," the President said (Full report in Hindustan Times).

Army Commander out of surgery - Condition Stable - Brig. Tissa Jayawardena stated that the surgery of General Sarath Fonseka has been completed and his condition is stable. President Rajapakse has insructed security forces to strenghten security in Colombo. The CID has taken over the investigations (Full report in Lanka Academics).

Suicide bomber hits Sri Lanka's top military commander; 8 dead, 27 injured - A female suicide bomber, believed to be a Tamil Tiger rebel and pretending to be pregnant to conceal explosives, set off a bomb in front of a car that was taking Sri Lanka's top military general inside the army headquarters on Tuesday, the military said. The blast killed eight people and wounded 27 others, military spokesman Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe said (Full report in Macleans).

Suicide Bomber Attacks Sri Lankan General - A female suicide bomber disguised as if she were pregnant blew herself up in front of a car carrying Sri Lanka's top general, badly wounding him in a brazen attack on the heavily fortified grounds of the country's army headquarters. His escort and driver were killed, along with the bomber, the military said. Ten other people, including a number of civilian bystanders, were hospitalized with injuries suffered in the attack. It was not known if the injured included any other top Sri Lankan military officials. Police suspected Tamil rebels were behind the bombings. The insurgents have often used women to carry out suicide attacks in their long fight for a separate homeland. The bombing was certain to put further pressure on the country's four-year-old cease-fire, which has been threatened by rising violence that has killed at least 83 people this month, including 43 soldiers or police. The attack happened on a road inside the army compound, which is surrounded by fences guarded by troops posted along the perimeter and at entry points, military officials said. The attacker, who died on the spot, was wearing explosives that made her appear pregnant, the officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity, per military regulations. Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka suffered serious abdominal injuries and was undergoing surgery, the officials said. Two other people in the car the driver and the general's escort were killed. Fonseka, a battle-hardened soldier with 35 years in the infantry, was appointed to the highest post after President Mahinda Rajapakse took office in November. There was no claim of responsibility. The rebels accuse the Sinhalese-dominated government of discriminating against the minority Tamils. Late Monday, suspected rebels in a hijacked bus opened fire on soldiers when their vehicle was blocked at a checkpoint in northern Sri Lanka, drawing return fire that killed the driver, the military said. The passengers on the bus believed to be three or four Tamil Tiger rebels escaped following the brief gunbattle in Jaffna, said Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe (Full report in ABC News).

'Sri Lanka Government committed for Peace'- Minister - Despite violations of the ceasefire agreement and escalating violence by the LTTE, the government has vowed to continue the peace process, government chief negotiator Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said. “We are still committed to the peace process despite major unfortunate incident which happened this afternoon in Colombo,” Minister Silva said in an exclusive interview with ColomboPage. Five people including two soldiers were killed and 15 others injured when a female LTTEer set off a bomb this afternoon in the high security zone inside the army headquarters. Army commander Sarath Fonseka and Nanda Mallawarachi were also among the injured. “The LTTE strategically boycotted the Geneva talks putting unwanted and unethical conditions to the government. Now everybody can realize their motives,” Minister who leads the government delegation for the Geneva peace talks said. He appealed to the international community to pressure the LTTE to withdraw from violent activities (Full report in Colombo Page)

Female bomber kills 8 in Sri Lanka - A female suicide bomber disguised to look pregnant blew herself up near a car carrying Sri Lanka's top general, killing eight people in a brazen attack on the heavily fortified grounds of the country's army headquarters. The general's driver and escort were killed but the target, Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, escaped with serious injuries, the military said. He was among more than two dozen people wounded in the attack, including a number of civilians. It was not clear if any other top Sri Lankan military officials were hurt (Full report in Kansas).

Six dead in suicide attack on Sri Lanka army - A suicide bomber blew herself up inside Sri Lanka's army headquarters today and at least six people were dead at the scene, an army spokesperson says. The blast seriously wounded the army commander and called into question a ceasefire with the Tamil Tiger rebels. "A suicide bomb went off near the army hospital aimed at the army commander's vehicle," an army spokesperson says. Sri Lanka's north and east have been rocked by claymore fragmentation mine attacks and ethnic riots this month as a peace process between the government and Tigers remains deadlocked, but the attack on the capital took the violence to a new level. The Colombo All-Share Index fell more than 3.2% after the blast, to 2 216.74. Pushpa Soysa, the head nurse at Colombo General Hospital where the casualties were taken, said Sarath Fonseka, an army commander was being operated on and was in critical condition. Witnesses said the roads around army headquarters, in the central Colombo and across from a popular sea-front park, had been sealed off and several civilian ambulances were outside the heavily guarded compound. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels, who have been observing a shaky ceasefire with the government since 2002, have used suicide bombers in their fight for a homeland for minority Tamils in Sri Lanka's north and east (Full report in SABC News).

Sri Lanka army chief injured, five bodyguards killed - Sri Lanka's Army chief Sarath Fonseka was seriously injured and five of his bodyguards killed on Tuesday, when a suspected woman LTTE suicide bomber attacked the Army headquarters, police said. Ambulances rushed to the scene of the explosion suspected to be carried out by Tamil Tiger rebels targeting the army chief against a backdrop of increasing guerrilla attacks on the security forces in recent months. Initial suspicion pointed to a woman suicide bomber, although investigations were still underway, police said. Five of Fonsekas bodyguards who were escorting him were killed on the spot, police said, adding that more than a dozen were wounded. Fonseka is a high profile military commander, who has taken a hard line against the Tamil Tigers, advocating a tougher stance against the rebels in the ongoing peace process. It was the worst bomb attack in Colombo since August 7, 2004 when a woman suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to her body while being searched at a police station (Sify News).

Sri Lanka army chief 'critically wounded' in bombing - A suspected suicide bombing inside the main military headquarters here "critically wounded" Sri Lanka's army chief Sarath Fonseka and killed five of his bodyguards (Full report in Baku Today).

Lanka army chief hurt in terror attack - A suicide bomber blew herself up inside Sri Lanka's army headquarters on Tuesday and at least six people were dead at the scene, an army spokesman said. The blast seriously wounded the army commander and called into question a cease-fire with the Tamil Tiger militants. "A suicide bomb went off near the army hospital aimed at the army commander's vehicle," an army spokesman said. Sri Lanka's north and east have been rocked by claymore fragmentation mine attacks and ethnic riots this month as a peace process between the government and Tigers remains deadlocked, but the attack on the capital took the violence to a new level. The Colombo All-Share Index fell more than 3.2 per cent after the blast, to 2,216.74. Pushpa Soysa, the head nurse at Colombo General Hospital where the casualties were taken, said Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was being operated on and was in critical condition. Witnesses said the roads around army headquarters - in the central Colombo and across from a popular sea-front park - had been sealed off and several civilian ambulances were outside the heavily guarded compound. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels, who have been observing a shaky cease-fire with the government since 2002, have used suicide bombers in their fight for a homeland for minority Tamils in Sri Lanka's north and east (Full report IBN Live).

Suspected LTTE's woman suicide bomber successfully targeted Sri Lanka Army commander - Suspected LTTE's woman suicide bomber successfully targeted Sri Lanka Army commander Sarath Fonseka, who according to unconfirmed reports said to be in a serious condition. It is reported that a bomb explosion occurred in Colombo around 1.45 Pm today. Tthe explosion, according to report, had taken place within the army headquarters close to the military hospital. According to unconfirmed reports, nearly 10 persons including the Army Commander have been injured in this incident and admitted to the intensive care unit of the Colombo general hospital. Meanwhile, DIG of Colombo Range Pujitha Jayasundara has confirmed the explosion. He declined to provide further information on the incident (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Sri Lanka's top general wounded in suicide attack - A female suicide bomber, believed to be a Tamil Tiger rebel and pretending to be pregnant, exploded a bomb in front of a car that was taking Sri Lanka's top military general inside the army headquarters in Colombo on Tuesday, the military said. The bomber died on the spot and Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka suffered serious abdominal injuries, said military officials. Fonseka's escort and driver also died, the officials said. The general was undergoing surgery. Ten other people, including some civilians caught in the blast, were also hospitalised. Top Sri Lankan military officials work in the headquarters, which is protected by fences and troops guarding all entry points. Fonseka, a battle-hardened soldier with 35 years in the infantry, was appointed to the top post after President Mahinda Rajapakse took office in November. There was no claim of responsibility. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rarely take credit for such attacks. The attack was certain to put further pressure on the country's four-year-old ceasefire, which has been threatened by rising violence that has killed at least 83 people this month, including 43 soldiers or police. Late on Monday, suspected rebels in a hijacked bus opened fire on soldiers when their vehicle was blocked at a checkpoint in northern Sri Lanka, drawing return fire that killed the driver, the military said. The passengers on the bus - believed to be three or four Tamil Tiger rebels - escaped following the brief gunbattle in Jaffna, said Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe. Last week, the rebels backed out of peace talks scheduled to start on Monday in Geneva, citing attacks on ethnic Tamil civilians and other disputes with the government. The Tamil Tigers are demanding a separate Tamil homeland and accuse the Sinhalese-dominated government of discrimination (Full report in Sydney Morning Herald)..

5 dead, army chief critical in Lanka blast - At least five bodyguards were killed and Sri Lanka's army chief Sarath Fonseka was critically wounded in a powerful bomb attack here today, the police said. The five guards who escorted the army chief were killed in what was believed to be a suicide bombing inside the sprawling high-security military complex, the police said. Dozens of ambulances were rushed to the military compound to evacuate the wounded. The blast is suspected to be the handiwork of the LTTE, and the suspected suicide bomber is said to be a woman. The blast occurred close to the Army Hospital, which the woman is said to have visited. Investigations are on, and further details are awaited. The attack took place this afternoon (Full report in Mid-day)..

Sri Lanka suicide blast: Two dead, Army chief critically injured - A female suicide bomber, believed to be a Tamil Tiger rebel and pretending to be pregnant, exploded a bomb in front of a car that was taking Sri Lanka's top military general inside the army headquarters in Colombo on Tuesday, the military said. The bomber died on the spot and Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka suffered serious abdominal injuries, said military officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of military regulations. The General's escort and driver also died, the officials said. Fonseka is undergoing surgery. Ten other people, including some civilians caught in the blast, were also hospitalized. Top Sri Lankan military officials work in the headquarters, which is protected by fences and troops guarding all entry points. Fonseka, a battle-hardened soldier with 35 years in the infantry, was appointed to the top post after President Mahinda Rajapakse took office in November. There was no claim of responsibility. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rarely take credit for such attacks. The attack was certain to put further pressure on the country's four-year-old cease-fire, which has been threatened by rising violence that has killed at least 83 people this month, including 43 soldiers or police. Late Monday, suspected rebels in a hijacked bus opened fire on soldiers when their vehicle was blocked at a checkpoint in northern Sri Lanka, drawing return fire that killed the driver, the military said. The passengers on the bus - believed to be three or four Tamil Tiger rebels - escaped following the brief gunbattle in Jaffna, said Brig. Prasad Samarasinghe. Last week, the rebels backed out of peace talks scheduled to start Monday in Geneva, citing attacks on ethnic Tamil civilians and other disputes with the government. The Tamil Tigers are demanding a separate Tamil homeland and accuse the Sinhalese-dominated government of discrimination. V S Sambandan from Colombo reports: The Commander of the Sri Lanka Army, Sarath Fonseka, was critically injured in a suspected LTTE blast inside the Army Headquarters in Colombo on Tuesday afternoon. Inspector General of the Police, Chandra Fernando told The Hindu. "The blast occurred inside the Army headquarters opposite the Army hospital. Investigations are on to find out the modus operandi of the attack," Fernando said (Full report in Hindu).

SUICIDE BLAST INJURES ARMY COMMANDER AND CLAIMS SEVERAL LIVES - A POWERFUL BLAST ACTIVATED BY A WOMAN TAMIL TIGER (LTTE) SUICIDE BOMBER CLAIMED THE LIVES OF SEVERAL ARMY AND CIVIL PERSONNEL NEAR THE MILITARY HOSPITAL GATE THIS AFTERNOON (25) AROUND 1.30 P.M. COMMANDER OF THE ARMY LIEUTENANT GENERAL SARATH FONSEKA AND SEVERAL OTHERS RECEIVED INJURIES AND WERE ADMITTED TO THE COLOMBO NATIONAL HOSPITAL. MORE DETAILS WITH A FULL ACCOUNT WOULD FOLLOW (Full report in Sri Lanka Army).

Sri Lanka army chief 'critically wounded,' 5 killed in bombing - UPDATE - A suspected suicide bombing inside the main military headquarters here 'critically ounded' Sri Lanka's army chief Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka and killed five of his bodyguards, officials said. Fonseka's convoy was targeted as it drove past the army hospital well within the high security zone, police said, adding that they suspect that a woman suicide bomber may have carried out the attack. 'Five of his bodyguards who escorted the car on motocycles were killed on the spot,' a police official said, adding that more than a dozen were wounded. 'There are casualties but the fate of the commander is not known yet,' police chief Chandra Fernando told Agence France-Presse. 'He was critically wounded.' There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police said the attack bore all the hallmarks of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who are known to be experts at suicide bombings. Fonseka is a high profile military commander who has taken a hard line against the Tamil Tigers, advocating a tougher stance against the rebels in the ongoing peace process (Full report in Forbes).

Suicide bomber attacks Sri Lanka's top military commander - A female suicide bomber, believed to be a Tamil Tiger rebel, exploded a bomb in front of a car that was taking Sri Lanka’s top military general inside the army headquarters in Colombo today. The bomber died, and Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka suffered injuries, said military officials. The extent of Fonseka’s injuries was not immediately known. No other details were immediately available. Top Sri Lankan military officials work in the headquarters, which is protected by fences and troops guarding all entry points (Full report in Breaking News).

Five killed, army chief critical in Sri Lanka blast UPDATE - A suspected suicide bombing inside the main military headquarters have 'critically wounded' Sri Lanka's army chief Sarath Fonseka and killed five of his bodyguards, officials said. Lieutenant General Fonseka's convoy was targeted as it drove past the army hospital, well within the high security zone, police said adding that they suspected that a woman suicide bomber may have carried out the attack. 'Five of his bodyguards who escorted the car on motorcycles were killed on the spot,' a police official said, adding that more than a dozen were wounded. 'There are casualties but the fate of the commander is not known yet,' the police chief Chandra Fernando told AFP. 'He was critically wounded.' There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police said the attack bore all the hallmarks of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who are known to be experts at suicide bombings. Fonseka is a high profile military commander who has taken a hard line against the Tamil Tigers, advocating a tougher stance against the rebels in the ongoing peace process (Full report in Forbes).. 

Sri Lanka suicide blast kills six - A suicide bomber blew herself up inside Sri Lanka's army headquarters on Tuesday and at least six people were dead at the scene, an army spokesman said. The blast seriously wounded the army commander and called into question a cease-fire with the Tamil Tiger rebels. "A suicide bomb went off near the army hospital aimed at the army commander's vehicle," an army spokesman said. Sri Lanka's north and east have been rocked by claymore fragmentation mine attacks and ethnic riots this month as a peace process between the government and Tigers remains deadlocked, but the attack on the capital took the violence to a new level. The Colombo All-Share Index fell more than 3.2 percent after the blast, to 2,216.74. Pushpa Soysa, the head nurse at Colombo General Hospital where the casualties were taken, said Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was being operated on and was in critical condition. Witnesses said the roads around army headquarters -- in the central Colombo and across from a popular sea-front park -- had been sealed off and several civilian ambulances were outside the heavily guarded compound. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels, who have been observing a shaky cease-fire with the government since 2002, have used suicide bombers in their fight for a homeland for minority Tamils in Sri Lanka's north and east (Full report in Reuters UK)..

Blast injures Sri Lankan army head - In a bold attack at the entrance to army headquarters, a female suicide bomber detonated herself next to a heavily-guarded convoy transporting the commander of the Sri Lankan army Tuesday, seriously wounding him and killing at least six others, officials said. "The army commander is critically injured," said police chief Chandra Fernando. Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka was taken to National Hospital in Colombo for treatment. The suspected Tamil Tiger rebel attack took place as Fonseka was being taken to a meeting of military chiefs elsewhere in the complex. According to the military, the bomber was near the main entrance to army headquarters, where people seeking treatment at the army hospital often gather, when she detonated herself (Full report in CNN).

Suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber hits Sri Lanka's top military commander - A female suicide bomber, believed to be a Tamil Tiger rebel, exploded a bomb in front of a car that was taking Sri Lanka's top military general inside the army headquarters in Colombo on Tuesday, the military said. The bomber died on the spot and Lt.-Gen. Sarath Fonseka suffered injuries, said military officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because of military regulations. The extent of Fonseka's injuries was not immediately known. No other details were immediately available. Top Sri Lankan military officials work in the headquarters, which is protected by fences and troops guarding all entry points (Full report in Cjad).

Rebel attacks top Sri Lankan general - A suspected Tamil rebel blew herself up in front of a car carrying the country's top general on Tuesday, killing herself and wounding him. Gen. Sarath Fonseka was entering the heavily guarded army headquarters when the suicide bomber struck the car. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known, said military officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity in compliance with military regulations (Full report in AP).

Suicide bomber causes Sri Lanka blast - army - A blast in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday was caused by a female suicide bomber who blew herself up inside army headquarters, an army spokesman said. "A suicide bomb went off near the army hospital aimed at the army commander's vehicle," the spokesman said. The Tamil Tiger rebels, who have been observing a shaky cease-fire with the government since 2002, have used suicide bombers in their fight for a separate Tamil homeland. (c) Reuters 2006. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by caching, framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Reuters and the Reuters sphere logo are registered trademarks and trademarks of the Reuters group of companies around the world (Full report in News Scotsman)..

Blast Rocks Sri Lanka Army Headquarters - An explosion occurred Tuesday inside Sri Lanka's army headquarters in Colombo, causing casualties, the military said. It was not immediately known what caused the explosion, said an officer at the Media Unit of the Defense Ministry. He said there were casualties. No other details were immediately available. Top Sri Lankan military officials work in the headquarters, which is protected by fences and troops guarding all entry points (Full report Chron).

Bomb attack on Sri Lanka army HQ - There has been a suicide bomb attack on the headquarters of the Sri Lankan army in the capital, Colombo, reports say. Police say there have been many injured, including the head of the army, Sarath Fonseka. "A suicide bomb went off near the army hospital aimed at the army commander's vehicle," an army spokesman said, Reuters news agency reports. He said the attacker was a woman. Tamil Tiger rebels frequently use suicide bombers in their operations. There has been an increase in violence in Sri Lanka recently and Tamil Tiger rebels last week pulled out of peace talks (Full report in BBC).

Sri Lanka blast caused by suicide bomber, army says - A blast in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday was caused by a female suicide bomber who blew herself up inside army headquarters, an army spokesman said. "A suicide bomb went off near the army hospital aimed at the army commander's vehicle," the spokesman said. The Tamil Tiger rebels, who have been observing a shaky ceasefire with the government since 2002, have used suicide bombers in their fight for a separate Tamil homeland (Full report in Reuters).

Suicide bomber causes Sri Lanka blast - army - A blast in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday was caused by a female suicide bomber who blew herself up inside army headquarters, an army spokesman said. "A suicide bomb went off near the army hospital aimed at the army commander's vehicle," the spokesman said. The Tamil Tiger rebels, who have been observing a shaky cease-fire with the government since 2002, have used suicide bombers in their fight for a separate Tamil homeland (Full report in Reuters).

'Big blast' at Sri Lanka army HQ - There are reports of a huge explosion inside the headquarters of the Sri Lankan army in the capital Colombo. The head of the army, Sarath Fonseka, was inside the headquarters at the time of the blast, reports say. "There are casualties, but the fate of the commander is not known," an official told the AFP news agency. The official said it was a bomb attack. There has been an increase in violence in Sri Lanka recently and Tamil Tiger rebels have pulled out of peace talks (Full report in Turkish Weekly)

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