Attacker's accomplice still at large - Police

[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 July 1999, 10:47 GMT]
Sri Lankan Police sources in Colombo said that they are yet to apprehend the accomplice of the suicide bomber who killed Dr.Neelan Thiruchelvam MP at the Kynsey Road-Ward Place junction in the Colombo suburb of Borella this morning at around 9.a.m.

They said that the MP's body is still at the hospital.

Seven people were wounded in the attack including five policemen. Two of the wounded policemen belonged to his personal security unit.

The suicide bomber was riding pillion with an accomplice on a Yamaha motorcycle, according to eyewitnesses. They claimed that the accomplice was wounded by the blast but managed to escape on his motorcycle.

The Police blamed the Liberation Tigers for the attack.

Meanwhile, the Tamil United Liberation Front General Secretary, Mr. R. Sampanthan, issued a statement this afternoon condemning the killing of Dr.Neelan Thiruchelvam. "This sad incident reiterates the need to find a peaceful political solution to the national problem," he said in his press release.


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