Four explosions rock Sri Lanka’s Jaffna peninsula on election eve

Four explosions rocked Sri Lanka’s Jaffna peninsula in the wee hours on Jan. 26, the day slated for the first national election since the government declared victory in the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May. At least two bombs went off outside the home of a ruling party activist in the Jaffna peninsula, but there were no reports of casualties, the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) said.

“We have a complaint that two bombs were thrown at the home of Subramaniam Sharma, an organizer for the [ruling] Sri Lanka Freedom Party, early this morning,” CMEV spokesman DM Dissanayake said. The election pits former army commander General Sarath Fonseka against President Mahinda Rajapaksa. There are 20 other candidates, but none are viewed as serious contenders. Rajapaksa’s campaign denies allegations that they are planning voter fraud, saying they will not need to do so to secure a victory. (Press TV, Iran, Jan. 26)

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