The Lanka Academic

JUNE 26, 2006 EST, USA
VOL. 7, NO. 81


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Sri Lanka: Artful Suicide Bombers and Lax Security
stratfor, June 26, 2006. Based on the report that the bomber rode next to the general's car before moving in for the attack, it does not appear Kulatunga had a protective detail or security escort at all. Had a security team been present to notice the bomber's behavior, it would have engaged the attacker at a distance in order to stop him from closing in on his target. Creating a standoff distance is the only real protection from an IED, although this is hard to do in a congested urban environment.

Furthermore, the plotters probably were able to conduct pre-operational surveillance of Kulatunga's route without being detected, allowing them to choose the best place for the attack. Kulatunga and his driver possibly also followed a regular driving route from the general's home to work, making it easy for the attacker to predict their movements. More... Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 26 23:06:24 EDT 2006

Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge's funeral on Wednesday
Munza Mushtaq, June 26, 2006, 10.45 p.m SLT. Slain Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge's funeral with full Military Honours will take place at Colombo General Cemetery on Wednesday (28), the media centre for national security in Sri Lanka announced.

Major General Kulatunge was posthumously promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General after a motorbike-riding LTTE suicide bomber assassinated him today (26) at about 7.45 a.m. at Pannipitiya while he was on his way to the office.

Gangodawila Magistrate, Government Analysts, Officers of the Criminal Investigations Department, Senior Police Officers and a high-level investigating team visited the scene of the suicidal blast within a short while and concluded preliminary investigations after recovering several severed human parts, believed to be of the suicide bomber. Those parts were later taken to Police morgue for identification and further investigations. The vehicle of Lieutenant General Kulatunge and his escort double-cab were completely destroyed in the blast killing two more Army personnel and injuring an Army sergeant. One civilian hitherto unidentified has also died in the explosion. Eight others wounded in the explosion have been admitted to Colombo, Kalubowila and Sri Jayawardenapura hospitals for immediate treatment. At least five vehicles were completely or partly damaged in the explosion.

Sergeant A. R. Gomes and Lance Corporal Buddhika Maduranga, both from the Gemunu Watch died on the spot in the explosion that also injured Sergeant W. K. G. U. Kumara of the Gemunu Watch.
Published: Mon Jun 26 15:11:20 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge's funeral on Wednesday  - Munza Mushtaq in Colombo

LTTE suicide bomber kills Major General Parami Kulatunga
Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, June 26, 2006, 9.15 a.m. Munza Mushtaq in Colombo, June 26, 2006, 9.15 a.m.. Major General Parami Kulatunga and two other army officers were killed today morning at Pannipitiya at around 7.45 a.m. today, when a LTTE suicide bomber travelling in a motor cycle rammed into the vehicle in which the Army officers were travelling in, a spokesman attached to the Media Centre for Sri Lanka's National Security told the Lanka Academic.

Major General Kulatunga who was also the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army reportedly died instantly following the attack. Unconfirmed reports stated that there have been civilian causalities owing to the incident. Discuss this story
Published: Mon Jun 26 00:13:29 EDT 2006 Back to the top

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India gifts military radars to Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jun 27, 2006. NEW DELHI: After about six years, India has resumed its defence ties with Sri Lanka with the commissioning of two military radars to secure the island-nation against low-level aerial attacks... Back to the top

Portraying a Sri Lankan Activist's Life, by Any Means Necessary
NYT, June 27. "No More Tears Sister," about the civil conflict in Sri Lanka, looks like a Satyajit Ray movie: beautiful and sedatingly slow, defined by rustling jungle scenes split open by acts of deft and sudden aggression... Back to the top

Sri Lanka Army, 2006-06-26 06:28:24. SECURITY FORCES & THE POLICE, in the wake of escalation of LTTE (Tamil Tigers) violence, the latest being the suicidal blast that triggered against Lieutenant General Parami Kulatunge, Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, have taken steps to further strengthen security arrangements in the country with a view to maintaining law and order... Back to the top

Hospital received warning before attack: Lankan Police
PTI/HINDU, June 26. Colombo, June. 26 (PTI): Sri Lanka's National Hospital received an anonymous telephone call warning that there would be a big attack an hour before the fatal attack on a top Army general, police said today. A caller who spoke in faulty Sinhalese told the staff there would be extra work for them and they should expect a "superior job" to carry out, they said... Back to the top

Analysis: Sri Lanka s tattered ceasefire, June 26 2006, - 18:25 EDT. When is a ceasefire not a ceasefire? When is a war not a war? These are the two questions that Sri Lanka is now contending with... Back to the top

Dark days ahead for Sri Lanka, June 26 2006, - 18:25 EDT. A nightmare is unfolding in Sri Lanka. The assassination of the third highest ranking military officer brings the country to the precipice beyond which is the resumption of full-scale civil war... Back to the top

India condemns Lanka killing, but unsure how to deal with crisis, June 26 2006, - 18:25 EDT. NEW DELHI: As LTTE took out yet another high- profile military target in the Sri Lankan army on Monday, when a suicide bomber killed the third highest-ranking military officer, General Parami Kulatunga, India was swift with its condemnation... Back to the top

Norway reiterates commitment to Sri Lanka peace process, 26 June 2006 21:44:55. OSLO, June 26, 2006 (AFP) - Norway is determined to continue its mediation efforts in Sri Lanka despite a flare-up in violence on the island and uncertainty about the role of Nordic peace observers, Norwegian officials said on Monday... Back to the top

India deplores Lanka bombing, says war not a viable option
Hindu, June 26. New Delhi, June. 26 (PTI): Strongly condemning the assassination of a Sri Lankan Army General in a bombing attack blamed on LTTE, India today said "war is not a viable option" to resolve the island nation's problems and pledged to stand by that country in the "common struggle" against terrorism. Hours after a suspected suicide bomber killed Sri Lanka's Deputy Chief of Staff Maj Gen Parami Kulathunga near Colombo, New Delhi said the incident was the latest in a series of recent terrorist attacks which are "aimed at undermining" the ceasefire and vitiate the environment for a political dialogue... Back to the top

Top Sri Lankan military officer killed in suicide attack; Tigers blamed
Associated Press, Mon June 26, 2006 04:47 EDT . DILIP GANGULY Associated Press Writer COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up next to a car carrying a top Sri Lankan general Monday, killing the officer and three others, officials said... Back to the top

Tamil Tiger rebels extends deadline for EU monitors to quit ahead of crucial meeting
Shimali Senanayake in Colombo, June 25th, 2006. Caving into diplomatic pressure from within and outside Sri Lanka, the Tamil Tiger rebels extended a deadline from four to nine weeks for truce monitors from EU countries to quit operations in the island... Back to the top

Sri Lanka needs to shake off its welfare state mentality: World ..., Mon, 26 June 2006 19:53:11 . June 26, 2006 (LBO) -- Sri Lanka's economic programmes must be protected from the political uncertainties of delicate coalitions and resolve the ethnic conflict, if it needs to make headway to tackle widespread poverty, the World Bank said Monday... Back to the top

Sri Lanka to issue license for satellite TV operators, 26 June 2006 16:20:06. June 26, 2006 (LBO) Sri Lanka Monday asked satellite television broadcasters to get themselves registered and fixed an annual fee of 500,000 rupees... Back to the top

Rajapaksa offers 2-week de facto truce with LTTE, June 25, 2006 - 13:17 EDT. The Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa had this week proposed a two-week de facto ceasefire with the LTTE, to defuse the current tense situation when the formal Ceasefire Agreement (CFA) is in tatters and the country seems to be drifting towards open war... Back to the top

Rajapakse seeks direct peace deal with LTTE, June 25, 2006 - 09:30 EDT. Colombo, June 25 (PTI): With peace-broker, Norway, failing to arrange a face-to-face meeting between the two sides, Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapakse, is seeking a direct deal with Tamil Tigers which would halt attacks in the island in return for containing a breakaway rebel faction... Back to the top

Sri Lanka seeks to boost trade with Israel
Jeruslam Post, june 25. More renowned for its production and exports of tea, Sri Lanka is looking to boost its partnership with Israel in hi-tech and other industries as a means of leveraging the economic growth the South Asian island has experienced recently... Back to the top

Jayawardene the natural born leader has Sri Lanka jumping for joy, 26/06/2006. "No Murali, No Magic" proclaimed an optimistic banner at the Riverside on Saturday, which clearly took no account of Mahela Jayawardene... Back to the top

Anti-rebel party member shot dead in northern Sri Lanka
Associated Press, Sun June 25, 2006 05:28 EDT . COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) _ A member of a political party that opposes separatist Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka was shot dead Sunday in the country's troubled north, a party official said... Back to the top

Sri Lankan president expected to visit Bangladesh in July, June 25, 2006 - 13:21 EDT. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to pay a 3-day official visit to Bangladesh on July 12-14 to hold talks with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on bilateral as well as SAARC matters, private news agency UNB reported Thursday... Back to the top

Norway s next step key to Lanka s faltering peace: Analysts, June 25, 2006 - 09:30 EDT. Colombo, June 25: A tense calm has settled over Sri Lanka as the government and Tamil Tiger guerrillas await a decision from peace broker Norway that could make or break the fragile truce keeping the island from returning to war, analysts say... Back to the top

Presidents of Iran, Sri Lanka discuss ties in phone conversation, June 25, 2006 - 13:21 EDT. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad here Sunday in a phone conversation with his Sri Lankan counterpart urged the need to expand bilateral relations in political and economic fields... Back to the top

Sri Lanka may recall retired senior police officers to help control spiraling violence
Associated Press, Sun June 25, 2006 03:08 EDT . - - COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - (AP) Sri Lanka - 's government may call 10 senior retired policemen back into service to help control surging violence that many fear could lead to renewed war between the government and Tamil Tiger rebels, a newspaper reported Sunday... Back to the top

As Sri Lanka boils, India faces daunting challenges
com, June 24, 2006 - 00:40 EDT. New Delhi - Four years after Norway brokered an unprecedented truce, India is battling major strategic and foreign policy challenges, with Sri Lanka seemingly sliding towards an inevitable war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka s progress impresses Arthur, June 25, 2006 - 09:36 EDT. Sri Lanka's improved showing in England has impressed Mickey Arthur, South Africa's coach, who has been observing their progress ahead of his team's tour of Sri Lanka in August... Back to the top

Directions: FO warning on Sri Lanka, june 25, 2006 - 00:40 EDT. New Delhi - Four years after Norway brokered an unprecedented truce, India is battling major strategic and foreign policy challenges, with Sri Lanka seemingly sliding towards an inevitable war... Back to the top

Sri Lanka eye clean sweep, June 25, 2006 - 13:21 EDT. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is eyeing a whitewash of England after his side took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series... Back to the top

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