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Suicide bomber identified

Anoja Kuganesarasa (21) was a resident of Vavuniya, reports PK Balachandran.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2006 13:43 IST

The Sri Lankan police have identified the female suicide bomber who tried to assassinate Army Chief Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka in Colombo on April 25.

She is Anoja Kuganesarasa (21) of Poovarasakulam in Vavuniya, north Sri Lanka.

Forensic experts had put together the details of her face and body. The head of the bomber was found on top of a tree.

According to The Island the bomber had not faked pregnancy to enter the Army Hospital in the Army HQ complex, as the media had reported earlier.

Investigations revealed that she had been coming to the hospital for regular check ups at its maternity clinic.

She had pretended to be the wife of an Army soldier to get treatment in the hospital.

The police are yet to establish or reveal the identity of this "soldier".

The Army Hospital is on the main road in the Army HQ complex and therefore, ideally situated for taking on any high profile target.

Tamil woman held in front of Air Force headquarters

On Thursday, police had arrested a Tamil women, Marudamuthu Vijaya Kumar, who was begging outside the Air Force Headquarters in Colombo.

A body search had revealed that the "beggar" had SLRs 6,000 in her wallet!

Police said she had no documents to prove her identity.

She was produced before the Fort Acting Magistrate, who remanded her.

Govt disputes figures

The Sri Lankan government has disputed the LTTE's claim that over 40, 000 people were displaced by the aerial and naval bombardment of the Sampur area in Trincomalee district on April 25 and 26.

In a press release on Friday, the government said that as per the figures provided by KG Leelananda, the Government Agent of Trincomalee district, Sampur's population was itself only 16,604.

"Only a small fraction of the population had left their homes during the operations," the government said.

On Thursday, the UNHCR had quoted the Government Agent as saying that 10, 718 families (about 40,000 persons) had fled from Sampur.

Solheim "extremely concerned"

Erik Solheim, who is in charge of the Sri Lankan peace process in the Norwegian government, said on Thursday, that he was "extremely concerned" about the recent upsurge in violence in the island country.

Referring to the urgently convened meeting of the co-chairs of the Tokyo donors' conference in Oslo on Friday, Solheim said that the international community was coming together to discuss the "serious" situation in Sri Lanka.

"We strongly urge the parties (the Sri Lankan government and the LTTE) to sit down together for talks in order to put a stop to the violence," he said.