Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Anura Priyantha
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2000|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Anura Priyantha, January 2000, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64952dc.html [accessed 1 October 2016]|
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Independent Television Network
December 18, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Indika Pathinivasan, a camera assistant for Sri Lanka's privately owned Maharaja Television Network, and Anura Priyantha, a camera assistant for the state-owned Independent Television Network, were fatally wounded by shrapnel from a suicide bomb aimed at President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga at an election rally in Colombo. Five other journalists were injured by the blast, along with Kumaratunga and scores of onlookers.
The bomb exploded at around 10 p.m. near a barrier separating journalists, including Pathinivasan and Priyantha, from Kumaratunga and a car that had arrived to pick her up. At least 22 people were killed in the assassination attempt, according to police.
Pathinivasan died instantly of shrapnel wounds. Priyantha died later at a Colombo hospital.
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Dangerous Assignment|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Political Group|