Sri Lanka defence secretary escapes assassination bid

December 31, (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s defence secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse, the brother of the country’s president had escaped a suicide assassination attempt, officials said. The blast had killed at least one person and injured 14 others, police said. The convoy of Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse had been targetted in the morning blast near the Citi Bank branch in Sri Lanka, head of the media centre for national security Lakshman Hulugalle told state television.