Lankan military blames LTTE for suicide attack
It was the biggest suicide bombing blamed on the LTTE since they entered into a Norwegian-arranged truce with the Govt.india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 10:47 IST
Sri Lanka's military blamed a woman from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for Tuesday's suicide bombing which killed eight guards and wounded army chief Sarath Fonseka.
"A powerful blast activated by a woman Tamil Tiger suicide bomber claimed the lives of several army and civil personnel near the military hospital gate this afternoon," the army said in a statement.
It was the biggest suicide bombing blamed on the LTTE since they entered into a Norwegian-arranged truce with the Colombo government in February 2002.
Tigers are known for suicide blasts and their band of "Black Tiger" cadres have announced carrying out nearly 200 attacks since the first suicide bombing in July 1987.
"Traditionally, it is the LTTE which has the capability to carry out an attack like this," government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella told the agency.
A rebel known as Captain Miller drove a bomb-filled truck and killed 40 soldiers in the northern peninsula of Jaffna on July 5, 1987 to start the deadly string of suicide attacks.
First Published: Apr 25, 2006 17:12 IST