(Reuters) — Sri Lankan authorities blamed a Monday suicide blast in an ancient tourist town which killed at least 26 people, including a popular retired army general who had turned to politics, on the Tamil Tiger rebels.
The Tigers are credited with perfecting the suicide bomb as a weapon in a 25-year war against Sri Lanka’s government, and have killed hundreds including top politicians in bombings, suicide or otherwise. Here are some major bombings blamed on them:
April 1987 - Car bomb explodes at Colombo central bus station, killing 113 people and wounding scores.
April 1989 - Car bomb explodes in the eastern port of Trincomalee, killing 51 people shopping for traditional new year.
March 1991: Defense Minister Ranjan Wijeratne is among 19 killed when a car bomb is detonated in Colombo.
May 1991 - Former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi is killed in southern India by a suspected LTTE suicide bomber.
November 1992 - Navy chief Clancey Fernando is killed in a suicide bombing in Colombo.
May 1993 - President Ranasinghe Premadasa and 23 others are killed by a suicide bomber in Colombo.
October 1994 - Presidential candidate Gamini Dissanayake is one of 52 killed in a bomb blast at a Colombo election rally.
January 1996 - A truck filled with explosives rams into the Central Bank building in Colombo, killing up to 100 people and wounding 1,400.
July 1996 - Two bomb blasts on a rush-hour commuter train kill 57 people and wound more than 250.
December 1999 - President Chandrika Kumaratunga is wounded in an attempted assassination by a suicide bomber; at least 34 are killed in two explosions. She lost an eye.
June 2000 - Industrial Development Minister C.V. Gunaratne and 21 others are killed in a suicide bomb blast in Colombo.
April 2006 - Army Commander Major General Sarath Fonseka is badly hurt in an abortive suicide attack on Army HQ in Colombo.
June 2006 - Army Deputy Chief of Staff Parami Kulatunga killed as suicide bomber rams a motorcycle laden with explosives into his vehicle outside Colombo.
June 2006 - A mine attack on a civilian bus in the central district of Anuradhapura kills 64.
October 2006 - Nearly 100 people, mostly navy sailors, are killed in a suicide bombing on a convoy near the town of Habarana, northeast of Colombo.
January 8, 2008 - Nation Building Minister D.M. Dassanayake is killed by a roadside bomb blamed on Tigers in the town of Ja-Ela, 12 miles north of Colombo.
January 16, 2008 - Suspected Tiger rebels bomb civilian bus in central district of Moneragala, killing 24 people and wounding dozens on the day a 2002 ceasefire formally expires.
February 2, 2008 - Bomb explodes on civilian bus in central town of Dambulla, killing at least 20 people and wounding 50. Military blames attack on Tamil Tigers.
October 6, 2008 - Suicide bomber kills popular retired army general Janaka Perera, main opposition party’s provincial leader, in northern town of Anuradhapura, along with his wife and 24 others. Army blames Tigers.
Writing by Nagesh Narayana; Additional writing by Bryson Hull; Editing by Jerry Norton