Samferdselsminister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle skulle åpne en maraton utenfor Colombo da en selvmordsbomber slo til og drepte ham og 11 andre. 90 ble såret. Flere ledende løpere og trenere ble også drept.
Fernandopulle was the fourth Sri Lankan lawmaker to be killed this year. In January, Nation Building Minister D.M. Dassanayake was killed in a roadside bomb attack blamed on Tamil rebels.
One opposition lawmaker was gunned down in Colombo and another died in a bomb explosion in the rebel-held northern region.