LTTE terrorists have exploded a bomb targeting a road marathon organized in
the Weliweriaya town around 7.30 this morning.
Minister of Highways and Road Development Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, who was the
chief guest to the occasion along with many civilians was reported killed in
the cowardly bomb attack. According to latest reports received, at least 12
people were killed and over 50 injured in the explosion.
K.A Karunarathne is also said to be among the dead who was a former national
and South Asian marathon gold medalist.
The bomb has been exploded just before the Minister declared the start of
the marathon at the Kanthi play ground, in Weliweriaya, corresponding with a
'Hindu-Sinhala New Year' event.
Meanwhile, Gampaha Division SSP Hector Dharmasiri was also seriously injured
and admitted to the General Hospital at Gampaha. Gampaha Hospital sources,
speaking to defence.lk said that over 90 people were admitted with serious
injuries. 3 civilians were also admitted to the general hospital at Ragama
and one was reported in critical condition, according to Ragama hospital
Minister Jeyaraj was a politician who represented the parliament from the
Sri Lanka Freedom Party since 1983. A lawyer by profession, Minister Jeyaraj
was a fluent speaker in Sinhalese, Tamil and English languages. Being a
faithful catholic the Minister expressed his concerns over LTTE's occupation
of scared Madhu church and the removal of the Madhu statue.
During his career, Minister Jeyaraj has held the many ministerial portfolios
including, the Minster of Catholic Affairs, Minister of Ethnic Concession
and National Unity, Minister of Port and Aviation, and Minister of Road
Development. He was 55 years old and a father of two children. He had also
been appointed the UPFA organizer for the Trincomalee District for the
forthcoming provincial council elections in the East.
LTTE is a ruthless terrorist outfit notorious for crimes against innocent
civilians. In its pursuit for a mono ethnic separate homeland for Tamils,
the outfit has killed and maimed over tens and innocent children, Tamil and
Sinhalese political leaders in indiscriminate bomb attacks. FBI in a recent
report called LTTE the most dangerous terrorist outfit in the world.