Sharing Grief

Sri Lanka, a former British colony where over 240 suicide bombers have carried out attacks, on Friday condemned the deadly London bombings and said it could identify with the suffering of victims. Sri Lanka, a former British colony where over 240 suicide bombers have carried out attacks, on Friday condemned the deadly London bombings and said it could identify with the suffering of victims. Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, who lost her right eye in a suicide assassination attempt in December 1999, said the embattled island unreservedly condemned Thursday’s bombings.

“We share your view that democratic values and the way of life of the civilised world cannot be undermined by terrorism,” she said in a message to Prime Minister Tony Blair.

“People of Sri Lanka have suffered immensely as a result of terrorist attacks and we know only too well the devastation that can be caused by terrorists as well as the suffering and agony of the victims and their families.”

Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger guerrillas three days ago commemorated 241 of their suicide bombers who have carried out attacks since the first such bombing in 1987.

Government forces and the Tiger rebels have been obs