December 11, 2004, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Jayasundarawas killed in a December 11 grenade attack at a music concert that had drawn controversy because it was held on the anniversary of a Buddhist cleric's death.
Jayasundara was on assignment for Wijeya Publications, a sponsor of
the event and publisher of several English- and Sinhala-language newspapers
He was standing in the area between the stage and the VIP enclosure when the grenade exploded, according to news reports.
The Sri Lankan government vowed a full investigation into the case, which it has called "a mindless attack by lawless elements." No group took responsibility for the attack. A hotel employee was also killed, and many others were injured, according to news reports.
The show featured Bollywood stars such as Shahrukh Khan, drawing thousands
of spectators and setting off protests in Colombo. Hours before the
grenade exploded, police clashed with demonstrators who were angry
that the musical event coincided with the first anniversary of the
death of Buddhist cleric and Sinhala Buddhist nationalist Ven. Gangodawila
Job: Print Reporter
Beats Covered: Culture, Sports
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group