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COLOMBO -- (UPDATE) The ambassadors of the United States and Italy were wounded Tuesday in an artillery attack by suspected Tamil rebels in eastern Sri Lanka, Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe, who was accompanying them, told Agence France-Presse (AFP).
US ambassador Robert Blake and Italian envoy Prio Mariani were hit by shrapnel in the attack on the Batticaloa air force base as they got off a military helicopter, Samarasinghe said