Army Headquarters (Sri Lanka)

Infobox Military Structure
name= Army Headquarters
location= Colombo, Western Province


caption=
type=Military Headquarters
built=
materials=
used= 1940's – present
controlledby= Sri Lanka Army
garrison=Ministry of Defence,
Sri Lanka Engineers,
Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps,
Sri Lanka Rifle Corps
commanders=
battles=

Army Headquarters refers to the military headquarters of the Sri Lanka Army. Situated next to Galle Face Green and long the Lower Lake Road, this complex also includes the Ministry of Defence. Apart from operational and administrative offices, it contains the regimental centers of several regiments and corps of the Sri Lanka Army. Until 2006 the Colombo Military Hospital was based here, however it was moved suburb of Colombo in 2007.

History

The base's origins goes back to British colonial rule of Ceylon, with it being expanded during world war 2. When the Ceylon army was formed in 1949 following the independence of Ceylon, the base was used as its headquarters.

Terrorist attacks

The LTTE has carried out two suicide bombings at the army headquarters on two occasions. The first on November 24 1995 when two female suicide bombers blew them selves up out side army headquarters killing 16 people (mostly civilians). The second terrorist attack occurred on April 25 2006 another female LTTE suicide bomber, disguised as a pregnant women coming for clinical treatment at the Colombo Military Hospital, blew her self up targeting Lieutenant General Sarath Fonseka's staff car. Although seriously wounded the general survived, but eight others were killed and thirty more wounded. This prompted the moving of the Military Hospital to a suburb of Colombo.

List of regiment which as its regimental centers

*Sri Lanka Engineers
*Sri Lanka Army Women's Corps
*Sri Lanka Rifle Corps

References


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