One killed, 13 injured in shooting at Kotahena

31 July 2015 06:57 am - 42     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In the first major act of violence ahead of the August 17 election, a 42-year-old woman was shot dead and 13 others injured when some unidentified gunmen fired at hundreds of people led by Minister Ravi Karunanayake on election campaigning along Bloemendhal Road, Kotahena this morning, police said.

Preliminary investigations had revealed that the car carrying four gunmen had blocked the road and opened fire at his supporters who were distributing leaflets near the St. Benedict’s College Grounds at Bloemendhal.

At the time of the shooting one group of supporters were walking towards Bloemendhal while the other group led by Minister Karunanayake were walking in the opposite direction.

“The gunmen were seen using T-56 weapons and fled the scene seconds after firing at the crowd,” a witness said.

Minister Karunanayake told a media conference that some 600 of his supporters were taking part in the election campaigning at the time of the incident.

Those injured were rushed to the Colombo National Hospital and two of them were in a critical condition.

Soon after the shooting, Police assisted by Special Task Force personnel cordoned off the area in a search for the attackers.

  Comments - 42

  • lokka Friday, 31 July 2015 02:05 PM

    Ignorant minds like you screwed our country!

    Cheers Friday, 31 July 2015 02:08 PM

    Thugs of the UNP have done the damage and now trying to twist come on

    larry Saturday, 01 August 2015 11:39 AM

    There were hit and stay put types in october 2011

    patriot Friday, 31 July 2015 02:38 PM

    Maybe is UNP own staged drama, to win somehow and do anything.

    mohan Friday, 31 July 2015 02:55 PM

    Trying their ( Ali baba and the 40 thieves ) level best to achieve the goal buy the bullet not by the ballot.

    Bippity Boppity Boo Friday, 31 July 2015 02:58 PM

    Is that a warning from the "HondaRaja"? No campaigning again Horas!

    Bippity Boppity Boo Friday, 31 July 2015 02:59 PM

    Here is calls in a nutshell. A great patriot or parrot ?

    modaya Friday, 31 July 2015 03:04 PM

    Who is filling this country. Prabaharan previously and now??? Under world.

    de silva Friday, 31 July 2015 03:04 PM

    The true story is that they shot themselves.

    karthi Friday, 31 July 2015 03:42 PM

    Ballots will answer for these Bullets on 17th AUG.

    simon Friday, 31 July 2015 03:49 PM

    Please read @me comment

    simon Friday, 31 July 2015 03:50 PM

    It is strange that certain people jump into conclusion without knowing the facts !

    sach Friday, 31 July 2015 03:53 PM

    Are you nuts? what has MR got to do with this

    Lokka Saturday, 01 August 2015 01:39 PM

    Mee Harakek wenuwen Jeewithayak(MoDa)

    me Friday, 31 July 2015 04:08 PM


    Lalith Friday, 31 July 2015 04:11 PM

    hmm army chaminda is said to be injured. what was an underworld figure doing there?

    Ranga Friday, 31 July 2015 04:19 PM

    i have a feeling this investigation would be swept under the carpet. something fishy here

    Waco Saturday, 01 August 2015 07:51 AM

    Why there were no police on duty in this area at this time?

    Sapu Friday, 31 July 2015 04:32 PM

    simon, me and sach are trying really hard to protect MR

    Sikuru Friday, 31 July 2015 04:32 PM

    simon better read the replies to @me comment

    Nish Friday, 31 July 2015 04:34 PM

    wow so finished the investigation already?

    senerathne Friday, 31 July 2015 04:36 PM

    LOL putting a lie in caps will not make it the truth

    Sikuru Friday, 31 July 2015 12:31 PM

    UNP supporters are being murdered, abducted and shot but their sacrifice will not go in vain! MR will lose

    Asokamala Friday, 31 July 2015 12:32 PM

    Those who ran the country with terror are desperate to grab power

    Amila Friday, 31 July 2015 12:35 PM

    Every action has a reaction, so people will react on 17 th August.

    apei Lanka Friday, 31 July 2015 12:44 PM

    way to go mahinbaya uncles via DM iOS App

    Asokamala Friday, 31 July 2015 12:38 PM

    The goons in fear of losing their 10 year career operating white vans and feeding sharks are directed to terrorize the masses by their masters

    S.Fernando Friday, 31 July 2015 12:52 PM

    bringing culprits in to justice is the responsibility of government. otherwise ravi will have undue advantage over other unp candidates over this incidence

    aa Friday, 31 July 2015 12:56 PM

    Desperate now. Find the killers. Punish them. Today is poya day and in a so called buddhist country.....

    Giabao Friday, 31 July 2015 05:29 PM

    looks fishy given this is on a poya day. could be a staged drama as well.

    Sikuru Friday, 31 July 2015 05:31 PM

    Why are you pleading others to understand you? You are trying white wash UPFA?

    me Friday, 31 July 2015 01:02 PM

    This is the true story, the attack carried out by underworld gang and the victims also from another underworld faction, who were campaigning from Minister Ravi..... So this is the result of underowlrd clash.....

    Sapu Friday, 31 July 2015 05:37 PM

    There was no fight, some gangsters came and fired at a UNP rally

    Sapu Friday, 31 July 2015 05:38 PM

    It was a UNP rally and it was a woman that got injured

    Sikuru Friday, 31 July 2015 05:40 PM

    Are you talking about the incident several days ago?

    Sikuru Friday, 31 July 2015 05:42 PM

    It was a UNP rally and they aimed to kill Ravi

    ara Friday, 31 July 2015 05:42 PM

    MR is not running the country now, these type of hit and runs last happened from 1977 to 1993

    Sikuru Friday, 31 July 2015 05:49 PM

    So the UNP woman that died was also a gangster?

    Sapu Friday, 31 July 2015 01:30 PM

    Nice story, but not fooled

    Sujeewa Friday, 31 July 2015 01:34 PM

    Home and Home.

    Waco Saturday, 01 August 2015 10:26 AM

    This was the beginning and not the end.

    James Friday, 31 July 2015 01:58 PM

    Is it?

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