A day after the Tamil Tigers’ leader promised more war, artillery battles break out.
Gothabaya Rajapakse, who was appointed by his brother last year, has taken a hard line against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The suicide bomber apparently came on a scooter rickshaw from the opposite direction and targeted the convoy, Jayantha Wickremeratne, deputy inspector-general of police, said.
The president’s office said Gothabaya had gone straight to see his brother after the attack.
“After the explosion, he directly came to the president’s office and hugged him,” Sudath Silva, President Rajapakse’s official photographer, said. “The blood on his clothes was that of his security guards.”
Police on Friday cordoned off the blast site and launched a search operation for an accomplice who may have helped carry out the attack.