Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) fired mortar shells hit an VIP escort today in Batticaloa. 11 people sustained injuries due to the attack. US ambassador Robert Blacke and Italian ambassador Prio Mariani were among the injured. Both of them suffered shrapnel wounds. Disaster management minister Mahinda Samarasinghe was also on board an SLAF helicopter when the attack took place. He received no injuries. The escort was hit when the helicopters landed in the Webber stadium of Batticaloa.
122MM mortars can cause widespread damage and has a range of 7-10 KM.