facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Diplomats targeted in Sri Lanka attack

Feb. 27, 2007 at 7:21 AM   |   Comments

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Sri Lankan rebel Tamil Tigers fired mortar shells Tuesday at landing helicopters carrying the U.S. and Italian ambassadors in eastern Sri Lanka.

Italian Ambassador Prio Mariani sustained a minor head injury, and U.S. Embassy officials in Colombo said U.S. Ambassador Robert Blake was uninjured.

The men were in chartered helicopters along with several Sri Lankan government officials and were attacked as they landed at a stadium in the east-central coastal city of Batticaloa, the Colombopage news service reported.

The group was scheduled to tour the area and talk on the Tigers, who are fighting for independence from Sri Lanka.

A military spokesman said the mortar attack injured eight police and soldiers and a schoolboy.

The helicopters were not damaged and evacuated the officials to Colombo, the report said.

Topics: Robert Blake
© 2007 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia Marijuana decriminalized in Philadelphia
2
Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church
3
No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed No, Banksy hasn't been arrested, nor his identity revealed
4
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
5
Eric Frein manhunt refocuses after possible sighting Eric Frein manhunt refocuses after possible sighting
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback