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Gotabaya Rajapakse narrowly escapes Bomb blast

[TamilNet, Friday, 01 December 2006, 06:41 GMT]
Gotabaya Rajapakse, the Sri Lankan Secretary of Defence and brother of SL President Mahinda Rajapakse, narrowly escaped a bomb blast in Colombo Friday morning. A security guard providing escort to the convoy was killed in the attack. Seven security commandos were among the 14 wounded in the attack, suspected to be a suicide mission, Police said. Lt. Col. (retd.) Gotabaya Rajapakse, who advocates a military solution to the Tamil national problem, was on his way to a defence meeting with Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse when the attack took place.

Gotabaya Rajapakse survived a suicide attack when he was enroute to a defence meeting with Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse


Gotabaya Rajapakse and Mahinda Rajapakse
Gotabaya Rajapakse and Mahinda Rajapakse
The attack took place at Pithala Junction in Dharmapala Mawatha in Kolpitty around 10:30 a.m.

The suicide killer had come in a three wheeler, military sources said.

7 vehicles were damaged in the explosion.

Lt. Col Gotabaya Rajapaksa is a retired army officer who had served under the incumbent Sri Lanka Army Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka when Fonseka served as a Colonel.

Upon retirement, he expatriated to USA and appointed Defence Secretary by Mahinda Rajapakse when Mr. Mahinda was elected Sri Lankan President last November.

Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka survived a suicide attack on April 25.

Gotbaya Rajapakse was seated in the BMW car that escaped from the attack


Gotabaya Rajapakse narrowly escapes Bomb blast
The site of explosion in Kolpity, where Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapakse, narrowly escaped a bomb explosion


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