Hospital warned before Sri Lanka blast

June 26, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s main hospital here received an anonymous warning phone call shortly before the assassination of a top army general Monday, a spokeswoman said. The caller, who spoke in halting Sinhalese, said hospital staff would carry out a “superior job” and that the hospital would have “more work than usual,” Colombo National Hospital spokeswoman Pushpa Soysa said.

“We got the call about an hour before the blast,” Soysa told AFP. “We alerted the police as well as the army. We are not sure if they have been able to trace the caller.”

The government blamed the bombing of Major General Parami Kulatunga’s car on Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) guerrillas who have made suicide attacks their trademark.

But the Tigers are not known to give advance notice of their attacks. Kulatunga, two other army personnel, a civilian and the bomber were killed in the attack, which also wounded six people.