Suicide bomber’s accomplice was Army hospital employee

An employee at the Army Hospital responsible for arranging appointments with doctors for patients was in love with the female suicide bomber who tried to kill Army Commander Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka, investigations have revealed.
He had taken the suicide bomber to the hospital on more than five occasions for medical consultations but in reality she was conducting surveillance, CID detectives said.

They said they were pursuing matters relating to this breakthrough in investigations. However, they have encountered a problem – the man concerned also died when the suicide bomber blasted the lethal mix of explosives and steel balls strapped to her chest and stomach.

It has come to light that the man had obtained a room for the female suicide bomber to stay in Kaduwela. It is at this location that he had been meeting her and bringing her to Army Headquarters. Detectives are now trying to ascertain whether he surreptitiously smuggled her into Army Headquarters on the day of the attack.

Army sources say Lt. Gen. Fonseka has recovered considerably and hopes to return to his desk within weeks. On Thursday, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa drove to the Army grounds to board a helicopter flight to Norochcholai, Lt. Gen. Fonseka had left his bed and walked to a window in his hospital room to see the President take off.

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