I’m just glad the pictures are blurred, because this must have been bloody. This is a 24-year-old woman, Sujatha Vagawanam, on a mission to kill a Sri Lankan cabinet member. First few photos show her sitting calmly in the office of the Social Services Minister Douglas Devananda, on the day he sets aside to hear complaints from members of the public. She calmly walked in, and answered questions directed to her by Devananda’s 72-year old aide, Steven Peiris. Then she blows them both up.
She wears a yellow sari and a white shawl, and puts her right arm up to her right shoulder, and apparently pulls the trigger to explode the bomb.
Personally, I’d like to know more about what triggered this. Excuse the pun.
She was apparently a Tamil Tiger, one of the ‘rebels’ who’ve been fighting since 1983 to create a separate homeland for Sri Lanka’s minority ethnic Tamils following decades of discrimination by governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority.
Does this sound racist to you? Why can’t they all get along?
According to the AP’s article,
The group, branded a terror organization by the U.S. and European Union, is responsible for more than 240 suicide bombings as well as scores of other deadly attacks.
They should make good candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize, then.
It is a Hindu organization, and is supposedly ‘secular’. There are differences of opinion as to whether or not they are affiliated with Al Qaeda, but their methods seem to be eerily similar.
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