Blast kills Sri Lanka general

A senior Sri Lankan general and two soldiers have been killed in an explosion near the Sri Lankan capital in a suspected Tamil Tiger attack, police say.

Many fear that the rise in violence can restart the civil war
Many fear that the rise in violence can restart the civil war

Lieutenant-General Parami Kulatunga, the deputy chief of staff, was travelling to a military base when motorcyclists approached his convoy about 20km (12 miles) east of Colombo on Monday.

Chaminda Banunurachchi, chief inspector of police, told Reuters at the scene: “The general is dead. Two others are also dead. I think it was a suicide attack by motorcyclists against the general.”

Military sources had earlier said that four people were killed in the attack in the town of Pannipitiya, about 10km from a large army base; but Banunurachchi said the death toll was three.

The Tamil Tigers had no immediate comment on the incident, but routinely deny involvement in attacks.

A Reuters witness at the scene saw a burnt-out Peugeot car on the road still smouldering. Another pick-up truck in the general’s convoy was damaged.

The attack comes after a number of ambushes and military clashes that have killed about 700 people – half of them civilians – so far this year.

Many fear the rise in violence could re-start a two-decade civil war with the rebels.

Source : AFP

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