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Lethal Riposte

Days after the US declares the LTTE a terrorist group, a bomb strike announces there can be no peace without its consent

Lethal Riposte
Lethal Riposte
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ON a normal Wednesday morning the Colombo Fort, Sri Lanka's commercial capital, would have just begun to come to life. But since October 14 was a public holiday, it was almost deserted. Around 7 am, as a truck packed with explosives pulled into the entrance of a car park at the five-star Galadari hotel in the heart of Fort, this sense of calm was shattered. A group of fully armed cadre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam ( LTTE) got off the truck, shot dead the two unarmed security guards manning the entrance barrier and drove the truck near the wall separating the hotel from the World Trade Centre, the twin-towered 36-storey office and shopping complex which is the island's tallest building. Some of the armed cadre began to fire their automatic rifles into the air and others who had taken position further away from the hotel did the same. At 7.10 am, a huge blast rocked the capital as the truck exploded.

Ian Clyne, an Australian businessman, was about to get into the shower in the neighbouring Hilton hotel when he heard gunfire....

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