Attack on Pakistani ambassador to Sri Lanka

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On August 14, 2006, a convoy carrying the Pakistani High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Bashir Wali Mohamed, was attacked by a claymore antipersonnel mine concealed within an auto rickshaw. The High Commissioner escaped unhurt, but seven people (including four Army commandoes) were killed and a further seventeen injured in the blast.[1]

No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Sri Lankan government blamed the LTTE. High Commissioner Mohamed claimed that India had carried it out,[2] in order to intimidate Pakistan, which is one of the main suppliers of military equipment to the Sri Lankan government.[2] Pakistan had promised one shipload of the wherewithal every 10 days in coming months.

A Sri Lankan military spokesman said, "Definitely it's an LTTE [Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam] attack to the Pakistan ambassador's car but they missed and the backup vehicle got caught." The Pakistani ambassador may be a target of the LTTE because Pakistan is a major backer of the Sri Lankan government. [3]

Several LTTE suspects were arrested following the attack.[4]

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  1. ^ Rica Roy & Anisa Khan (August 14, 2006). "Lanka blast: Pak envoy safe, 7 killed". NDTV. 
  2. ^ a b Sudha Ramachandran (September 22, 2006). "The Pakistani muscle behind Colombo". Asia Times. 
  3. ^ Simon Gardner (August 14, 2006). Dozens killed in Sri Lanka blast. Reuters. 
  4. ^ http://wwwupdate.un.org/ga/sixth/63/Prot_Dipl_TEXT/2007SriLanka.pdf