At least four people were killed and eight injured when two gunmen opened fire inside the Kudawella Fishery Harbour in Tangalle last morning, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said today.
SP Gunasekara said the two gunmen who arrived on a motorbike had opened fire at the victims while the injured were admitted to the Tangalle Base Hospital.
Tangalle Police said the two gunmen had used a T-56 magazine and a pistol in the shooting.
Three bodies were lying at the Tangalle Hospital and one at the Nakulugamuwa hospital, he said.
Police said a man attached to the Parliament staff, who had come to buy fish, was also among the victims.
One out of seven injured persons was rushed to the Matara Hospital ICU due to severe injuries and seven others were admitted to the Tangalle hospital
Police suspects the shooting incident had occurred following a contract was given to some other party to take revenge following a dispute between two fisheries communities in the Fishery Harbour.
IGP Pujith Jayasundara today ordered the Southern Province Senior DIG, Matara and Tangalle Divisional DIGs to conduct an immediate investigation of the incident and to arrest the main suspect and others involved in it.
He also ordered to send a special police team headed by an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) of the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) to Tangalle to assist in the investigations into the shooting incident, SP Gunasekara said.
Eleven police teams were deployed to carry out investigations including the scrutiny of CCTV footage and telephone tower records.
The victims were identified as Jayasinghe Manachchige Sameera (40) of Modarawatte West Kudawella, Nakulugamuwa, Rathnaweera Patabendige ShashikThiwanka (23) of North Kudawella, Nakulugamuwa, Yaddehige LathishUdaya Kumara (37) of Pahajjawa, Nakulugamuwa and Kankanam Gamage Sandun Chanaka (40) Ahugammana, Delgoda (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and Chandrasena Gamage)
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Comments - 10
Sl Tuesday, 25 December 2018 09:10 AM
what is happening?
johan Tuesday, 25 December 2018 11:04 AM
Tikiri Tuesday, 25 December 2018 12:28 PM
Don't blame the President he is out of the country haha
johan Tuesday, 25 December 2018 11:06 AM
Give time to surrender all illegal arms. If detected heavy penalties and jail terms must be introduced
Lima Tuesday, 25 December 2018 11:41 AM
A GAME PLAN ALREADY EXISTING BY SIRISENA AND MAHINDA TO CAPTURE POWER BY HOOK OR BY CROOK BY CREATING CHAOS IN NORTH AND SOUTH , WAIT AND SEE THIS IS THE BEGINNING , MANY MORE TO GO.
Dude Tuesday, 25 December 2018 01:00 PM
Seems that even if there's no water you would blame mahinda....
Martin Milton Tuesday, 25 December 2018 11:41 AM
It is so very sad to see that in Sri Lanka these shootings occur. What has happened to the mindset of the ordinary man, for heavens' sake? Do they need to recourse to such deadly violence to settle their disputes? The even sadder matter is that there seems to be an unending supply of T-56 rifles at these 'Hoodlums' disposal. All these guns need to be secured and those who harbour them taken into custody and suitable punitive sentences handed out. Will the Police act ASAP? MM
Jude Tuesday, 25 December 2018 12:12 PM
Ask MR what's going on in his backyard!!??
inti Tuesday, 25 December 2018 05:16 PM
Tanggalla is as good as the MP from kurunegala for several years.
Arnold Wednesday, 26 December 2018 11:57 AM
We need a strong government who can tackle crime. We are sick of the thieves on one side and the butterflies on the other side.
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