Centre for Policy Alternatives on 22 January, 2010

Urgent news update: Bomb attack against National Organizer of the SLFP Mahajana Wing

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At approximately 4.50am this morning, the
home of the Secretary and National Organizer of the SLFP Mahajana Wing
Mr. Tiran Alles, located at Galpoththa Road, Nawala, came under a bomb
attack, resulting in severe damage to his vehicle and house. Mr. Alles
and his family were unharmed.

According to the OIC Welikada Police CI Neville de Silva and SSP
Mirihana Division Deshabandu Tennekoon, the nature of the bomb has not
yet been confirmed as a grenade, and has thus far identified as an
explosive devise. The Kotte Municipal Council fire brigade said that two
fire engines were deployed to contain the fire.

When contacted, Mr. Alles told CMEV that at approximately 4.50 am,
his Security Officer Mr. Nalaka Liyanage had heard the sound of a
vehicle outside the gate and had seen something being thrown over the
wall, subsequent to which there was a large explosion. Mr. Alles added
that he suspects President Rajapaksa and Chairman of the JNP Mr. Wimal
Weerawanse of being behind the attack.

This attack comes in the wake of statements to the media yesterday
(21st) by Leader of the SLFP Mahajana Wing and Member of Parliament Mr.
Mangala Samaraweera regarding a plot by the Rajapaksa regime to
assassinate Mr. Alles.

CMEV will release a full press statement upon further clarification
of information.