LTTE's trail of assassinations
March 1991: Defence Minister Ranjan Wijeratne is among 19
killed when a car bomb is detonated in Colombo, the first major killing
of a top leader.
May 1991: Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is killed
in southern India by a woman LTTE suicide bomber during an election
May 1993: President Ranasinghe Premadasa and 23 others are
killed by a suicide bomber during a May Day march.
October 1994: Gamini Dissanayake killed in a bomb blast.
December 1999: President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga is
wounded in an attempted assassination by a suicide bomber in Colombo
just as she is getting into her car following an election rally. At
least 34 are killed in two explosions. She loses an eye.
June 2000: Industrial Development Minister C.V. Gunaratne and
21 others are killed in a suicide bomb blast in Colombo. The Minister
was involved in raising funds for the war against the LTTE.
Aug. 2005: Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar is shot dead
at his home by a Tiger sniper.
April 2006: Army Commander Major General Sarath Fonseka is
badly hurt in an abortive suicide attack inside the Army Headquarters in
December 2006: Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa narrowly
escapes a suicide attack by Tigers in Colombo.
January 8, 2008: Nation Building Minister D.M. Dassanayake is
killed by a roadside bomb planted by the LTTE in Ja-Ela.
April 6: Suicide bomb blast kills Highways Minister Jeyaraj
Fernandopulle and at least 14 other people in Weliveriya.