Fourteenth anniversary of LTTE attack on Temple of the tooth

By Cyril Wimalasurendre

Kandy – Today marks 14th anniversary of the LTTE suicide truck bomb attack on the Sacred Temple of the Tooth in Kandy.

The attack on the Maligawa at 6.05 a.m. on January 25, 1998 killed at least a dozen pilgrims attending the early morning offering to the Tooth Relic. Many others sustained injuries.

The destruction caused to the venerated shrine could not be erased from the hearts and minds of human beings, said the Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa at the time Neranjan Wijeyeratne.

Hearing the attack the Internationally famed Geologist Professor P. W. Withanage passed away due to shock before a stunned nation that day.

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