Jan 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka today marked the 16th anniversary of the deadliest suicide bomb attack by the Tamil Tiger terrorists on the Central Bank, country’s top most financial institution in the heart of capital Colombo
On January 31, 1996, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, ruthlessly known world over for their innovations in suicide attacks, rammed a massive explosive-laden truck through the main gate of the Central Bank building in Colombo Fort killing 91 people including 41 bank employees.
Over 1,400 were injured in the attack and at least 100 people totally lost their eye sight due to the injuries caused by shattered glass.
The Governor of Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabral held a ceremony today at the precise time of attack at 10.49 a.m. to commemorate the 41 employees killed in the attack.
The Governor unveiled a plaque and a statue at the premises in memory of those killed in this incident. Bank employees and relatives of employees killed in the attack paid floral tributes to the statue.
Addressing the gathering, the Governor said the terrorists aimed to paralyze the country’s economic growth by the deadly attacks on high profile targets but the country has been able to achieve over 8 percent economic growth following the defeat of the terrorist outfit and the war in May 2009.