COLOMBO, Sri Lanka
Highways Minister 'Jeyaraj Fernandopulle' killed by a LTTE suicide bomber 06/04/2008 at gampaha a suburb of colombo.
and at least nine other people, including police and government officials, were killed when a suicide bomb exploded at the start of a marathon race in Gampaha.
At least 50 people were wounded.
Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, who was the highway minister and the chief government whip in Parliament, died when the suicide bomber stepped forward and detonated his explosives.
Fernandopulle was waving the starting flag for the race which was part of the Sinhala and Hindu New Year celebration in Weliveriya town.
Latest reports indicate that the death toll has increased to eleven (11) civilians while the number injured has increased to over fifty (50) in the explosion at WELIVERIYA this morning (06)around 7.40. Those killed include Minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, National Athletics coach Lakshman Alwis and the former Olympics marathon runner KA Karunaratne .