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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

LTTE explodes a human bomb-targeting Minister Douglas Devananda

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 28 November, ( A female sucide bomber expoloded herself around 8.00 am today at the office of the Douglas Devananda, Leader of the EPDP and Minister of Social Services and Social Welafare, located at Isipathana Mawatha, Narahenpita ,Colombo 5.

According to the Official of the Ministry, a Tamil handicapped woman has come to the Public Relation Office of the Ministry this morning to meet Minster Douglas Devananda.

He was receiving visitors at the office since it was the day allocated for the Minister to meet the public.

When the Public Relation Officer (PRO) and two security personnel tried to question the woman, she blew herself up", said the Ministry official.

The female suicide bomber was blown to pieces.

Three persons in the Ministry, the PRO, a police sub inspector attached to Ministerial Security Division and a personal bodyguard of Minister Devananda have suffered serious injuries in the attack and admitted to the National Hospital Colombo.

Hospital sources revealed that Stephen Peries , the PRO of the ministry has succumbed to his injuries. The condition of the other two victims is stable, the sources added.

Douglas Devananda was inside the office when the explosion took place. He was unhurt in the attack, Police said.

Even earlier on 07 July 2004, a woman LTTE suicide bomber attempted to attack Douglas Devananda at his Ministry, but when apprehended and taken to the Police station, she killed herself and four police officers at a police station.

- Asian Tribune -

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