Sri Lankan security authorities admitted a security lapse Saturday after the sniper assassination of the nation’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar. Sri Lankan security authorities admitted a security lapse Saturday after the sniper assassination of the nation’s foreign minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar. Colombo police chief Chandra Fernando said the killers, believed to be two, shot the minister Friday from the bathroom of a neighbouring upstairs home and that authorities had not adequately addressed chances of a sniper attack.
“We are not able to cover all angles,” Fernando said in the capital, a day after the slaying that police blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels who have been waging a three-decade campaign for a separate homeland within the Indian Ocean island.
The Tigers have denied involvement in the killing of Kadirgamar, 73, who was gunned down after emerging from the swimming pool at his home in a posh quarter of the capital Colombo.
Kadirgamar, an ethnic Tamil who was a strong critic of the rebels, had been seen as a prime target for attack by the guerrillas and was the most tightly guarded minister in the cabinet after President Chan