Washington condemns attack on army headquarters in Sri Lanka

WASHINGTON, Apr. 25 (AFP) – The United States on Tuesday condemned the attack against an army headquarters in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo and called the suicide blast a provocation by the Tamil Tigers. “This is clearly an act of terror, which we condemn,” the State Department’s deputy spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters. “It is an unacceptable act of terror, a clear provocation and an escalation of violence.

“We express our sympathies and condolences to the victims of this attack and will continue our efforts to work with the parties in Sri Lanka, the friends of Sri Lanka, including the Norwegians, and all those who want to see a solution to this conflict through dialogue and through negotiation and not through violence.”

Police said Tuesday’s attack, which killed 10 people and severely injured the army’s chief, was carried out by a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber pretending to be pregnant.

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher said the attack marked a step back for the political process in Sri Lanka and risked plunging the country back into war.

“It’s regrettable that the Tamil Tigers have decided to restart the war instead of restarting the peace pr