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Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Indika Pathinivasan

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2000
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1999 - Motive Confirmed: Indika Pathinivasan, January 2000, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64953023.html [accessed 23 July 2014]
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Maharaja Television Network
December 18, 1999, in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Anura Pathinivasan, a camera assistant for Sri Lanka's privately owned Maharaja Television Network, and Indika 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.

Medium:Television
Job:Technician
Beats Covered:Politics
Gender:Male
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:No
Type of Death:Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire:Unknown Fire

 

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