Sri Lanka's minister of national building Mr. D.M Dasanayake has died due to the serious nature of injuries he received in the claymore blast earlier today [see previous article]. Vehicle escorting Mr Dassanayake was hit by a claymore mine set off by suspected Tamil tigers today morning at 10.45 AM near Ja-Ela Rukmani Devi junction. The minister who was critically wounded was immediately admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Ragama hospital. Due to the critical nature of shrapnel wounds received in the blast, he passed away approximately one and a half hours later at 12.20 PM.
10 other civilians including the minister's bodyguard have been injured in the incident. Two of the injured are in critical condition.
The Colombo- Negombo road has been closed to all traffic subsequent to the blast. This road which leads to the country's main international airport, is used by many VIP' daily. As of now it is still not clear if Mr. Dassanayake, who had no strong involvement in the Sri Lankan conflict, was the actual target of the blast.