2008 Weliveriya bombing

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Coordinates: 7°02′00″N 80°01′00″E / 7.0333°N 80.0167°E / 7.0333; 80.0167

2008 Weliveriya bombing
Location Weliveriya, Sri Lanka
Date April 6, 2008
Attack type
Roadside bomb
Deaths 15[1]
Non-fatal injuries
90
Suspected perpetrators
Tamil Tigers

On April 6, 2008, 15 people were killed by an alleged suicide bomber, who exploded himself at the start of a marathon race which was part of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebration in Weliweriya town, Sri Lanka.[2] Sri Lanka's national athletics coach Lakshman de Alwis, politician Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, former Olympics runner K.A. Karunaratne and army officer Lt Colonel Udayadeera were killed in the bombing which wounded 90 others.[3][4][5] The Sri Lankan Government has blamed the Tamil Tigers for this attack because Minister Fernandopulle was a vocal critic of the Tamil Tigers.[1]

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Explosion caught on tape

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