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Rajapaksa says attack on Lankan envoy was against government

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

Former strongman today dubbed as "one against the government" the attack on Sri Lankan envoy in who was mobbed by a group of protesters allegedly linked to the LTTE for hosting him.

The attack on High Commissioner Ibrahim Ansar yesterday at the International Airport was allegedly carried out by the LTTE sympathisers, who were protesting against the visit of Rajapaksa, under whose leadership the Lankan troops defeated the Tamil Tiger rebels ending the nearly three decade-long civil war.


"This is not good for the country, it was an attack against the government," Rajapaksa said at the airport upon his return from

"I am prepared to face this kind of threats as I finished the decades old terrorist campaign in this country," Rajapaksa said.

Rajapaksa visited to attend a conference.

Ansar was seeing off the joint opposition leader Gunawardana at the airport when he was attacked.

The LTTE sympathisers in were angry with Ansar as he hosted Rajapaksa, who led the opposition delegation at the meeting.

Sri Lankan government yesterday expressed concern over the incident and summoned Malaysia's High Commissioner here to the ministry of foreign affairs for an explanation on the incident.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, September 06 2016. 01:07 IST
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