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Bomb wounds EPDP official in Colombo
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 08 August 2006, 09:22 GMT]
A senior official of a pro-government paramilitary group and 9 other people were wounded in a bomb explosion in Colombo Tuesday. Sankarapillai Sivathasan, a senior advisor to the Eelam Peopleís Democratic Party (EPDP) and one its former a parliamentarians, was rushed to hospital. A security personnel and a 3-year old child in the vehicle were killed in the blast.
The explosion took place at 2pm opposite a restaurant on Dickmans Road in Bambalapitya.
Sivathasan is also a relative of EPDP leader Douglas Devananda.
The EPDP, a former militant group, is registered as a Sri Lankan political party but operates primarily as an Army-backed paramilitary group against the Liberation Tigers.
The EPDP is a parliamentary ally of President Mahinda Rajapakse