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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 rally.

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 Colombo.

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.

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