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ANURADHAPURA DIG SAYS THE ASSASSINATION OF JANAKA PERERA AND OTHERS CARRY ALL HALLMARKS OF THE TAMIL TIGERS.

By Walter Jayawardhana

K.P.P.Pathirana , the Deputy Inspector General of Police , in charge of the North Central Province under whose guidance all the police investigations into the assassination of the late Major General (retired) Janka Perera was held said the evidence bared so far indicate the brutal killing of the opposition leader of the North Central Provincial Council , his wife and twenty five others carry the hall marks of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) terrorist group.

“Our investigations show the assassin undoubtedly was a Tamil Tiger who came into the function with a slight limp who was fat and short,” he said describing the last moments of Janaka Perera who was embraced by the walking bomb moments before the C-4 explosives laden suicide vest was detonated. Tamil Tigers are the only experts in Sri Lanka who have the technical know how of manufacturing a perfect suicide jacket. The Police also believe the technology of the jacket had been bought over by the Middle Eastern suicide bombers from the Tamil Tigers.

Pathirana said the chemicals used for the detonation and metal balls used to kill have been examined by analysts. Pathirana said the assassin has been identified by the remaining two legs.

Dr. Sarath Weerabandara the Director of the Anuradhapura Hospital said there are14 victims among scores of others whose conditions are very serious. Under the instructions of President Mahinda Rajapaksa a team of specialist doctors from the National Hospital, Colombo were immediately flown to Anuradhapura to assist the staff there.

United National Party Secretary General Tissa Attanayaka has blamed the government for not providing adequate security at the Ceremony of opening a new United National Party office at Anuradhapura where the killing took place. But Anuradhapura police said the opening ceremony of the party office had not been even informed to the police by the organizers. But when they came to know about the function they posted four officers on duty.

No security would have been sufficient since Janaka Perera was mingling freely with a crowd who had not been subjected to an electronic surveillance for hidden weapons


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