Sri Lankan sailors carry the coffin of their late commander Vice-Admiral Clancy Fernando during the funeral in Colombo. - Gulf News Archives

1992 - Sri Lankan navy commander, Vice-Admiral Clancy Fernando, and three other naval personnel were killed by a suicide bomber who rammed the commander’s vehicle with an explosive-laden motorcycle in the heart of Colombo. The military blamed the guerrillas of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LITE) for the blast, which took place on the central road of Galle Face Green, barely a kilometre from the naval headquarters, the presidential secretariat and the president’s official residence. It said that the suicide bomber had waited on the side of the road and as the naval chief’s black Mercedes Benz was approaching, he rammed the vehicle from the side killing Fernando and two others.

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