LT GEN JANAKA PERERA, RWP, RSP

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    Name Kukulage Janaka Chandrajith Perera
    Born February 1, 1946(1946-02-01)Panadura
    Died October 6, 2008 (aged 62)
    Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
    Nationality Sri Lankan
    Profession Military
    Service/branch Army Engineering Corps
    Years of service 1966-2001 (35 years)
    Rank Major General
    Unit Commando Regiment,
    Sri Lanka Engineers
    Commands Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army,
    Overall Operations Commander Northern Sector,
    General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the 53 Division
    Battles/wars 1971 JVP Insurrection,
    Insurrection 1987-89,
    Sri Lankan Civil War
    Awards Rana Wickrama Padakkama,
    Rana Sura Padakkama,
    Vishista Seva Vibhushanaya,
    Uttama Seva Padakkama


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    Education

    General Perera was educated at St. Joseph's College, Colombo and was accepted to University of Ceylon to study geology at the Peradeniya campus before quitting to join the Sri Lanka Army in 1966 as an Officer Cadet. He received his training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in England. After completing his training he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 1st Field Engineer Regiment, Ceylon Engineers. Later, he transferred to the newly formed Commando Regiment. Major General Pererea is a graduate of the Royal College of Defence Studies and the Defence Services Staff College.

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    Death

    Janaka Perera and his wife were killed by a suspected suicide bomb blast on October 6, 2008 in Anuradhapura. The bombing which occurred at the United National Party office near the Old Bus Stand in Anuradhapura killed about 27 while injuring 90, the dead included 4 UNP provincial councilors and former Sri Lankan Ambassador and UNP party manager in Anuradhapura Dr John Pulle and his wife.The government blamed the attack on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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