Senior parliamentarian and government minister Jeyeraj Fernandopulle and 10 others have been killed in a suspected Tamil Tiger suicide blast in Weliweriya today. More than 40 others are reported to be wounded. Almost all casualties are civilians.
Minister Fernandopulle was the chief guest at the national marathon that was to be started from Kanthi stadium in Weliweriya.
Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) are known to attack civilian and military targets alike, in their campaign to create a separate homeland for Tamils.