A day after the Sri Lanka called on the international community to ban the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), it deployed a suicide bomber to assassinate a senior decorated military commander seen as a hawk wanting stricter action against LTTE. A female suicide bomber pretending to be pregnant entered a high-security area and jumped into the car of Chief of Sri Lankan Army Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka while detonating the strapped on bomb. Sri Lankan Government sources said that 10 people died and 29 were injured in this terrorist incident. Fonseka himself is critically injured and is intensive care unit.
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse said, “The LTTE has clearly sent a message that its intention is not to settle issues through dialogue.” He accused it of creating “a communal clash between the Sinhalese and Tamils” and said that his Governments “desire to achieve peace and out sense of responsibility should not be mistaken for weakness.” A Government statement that this attack is another example of the LTTE’s “callous disregard” for the ceasefire even while promising peace to European interlocutors.