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Corporal from Air Force Rugby pool killed in police shootout

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Padukka, April 8 (Daily Mirror) - A Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) Corporal attached to the Sri Lanka Air Force Rugby pool, was killed in a shooting by the police and Special Task Force (STF) at Angamuwa in Padukka this morning.

Police said the deceased is suspected to be the main suspect in the shooting incident at Moragahahena where two persons were killed.

He had reportedly ignored an order to stop at a checkpoint during a Police-STF operation this morning. The victim was riding a motorcycle at the time of the incident.

Police said the motorcyclist allegedly opened fire at the police personnel. Subsequently, when the police returned fire, the motorcyclist had sustained injuries and had died on admission to the Padukka Hospital.

Meanwhile, SLAF spokesman Group Captain Dushan Wijesinghe said that the SLAF Commander has initiated an inquiry  into the incident. 

Preliminary findings point to an exchange of fire between the SLAF Corporal (volunteer) and the police officers who were at the check point. According to the information of Police, the injured Corporal who was off duty, had succumbed to his injuries once hospitalised. 

The SLAF takes seriously any involvement of its personnel in criminal activities and will work closely with law enforcement agencies to investigate into the incident, the SLAF spokesman said.


  Comments - 8

  • Rip Winkle Monday, 08 April 2024 08:43 AM

    Unbelievable as usual.

    Empty Land Monday, 08 April 2024 08:57 AM

    At this rate, the country will not have anyone living by the end of this century as all citizens would have been shot and killed by the police. Only the 225 will be remaining in the middle of the lake.

    sanjeeva Monday, 08 April 2024 09:26 AM

    some years ago, the SLR was headed by commander of SLAF and he wielded extreme powers to nullify the other teams. for the first time in the history of the game, SLAF personnel went berserk at nittawela and fired rounds of t-56 when they were clearly losing the match. to-date, no inquiry has taken place (as usual).

    Lion Monday, 08 April 2024 10:32 AM

    Man is dead so we are listening to the story of the police and certain additions made by the media , most of the time the police story is full of crap and we got to wait for the true story for some time.

    JRDW Monday, 08 April 2024 11:16 AM

    Motorcyclist opened fire, was this a action movie?

    Shera Monday, 08 April 2024 04:47 PM

    See the comments. Public trust in police is not good. The judicial system is the same. Lot to fix in this country, not just the economy.

    Society is going down the pallama Monday, 08 April 2024 05:29 PM

    Great, we are always in the news for all the wrong reasons.

    Who will protect the citizen of Mother Lanka? Monday, 08 April 2024 05:45 PM

    I am concerned for the Police and STF who take such huge risks to protect public. This is a job for a salary. Is it worth taking so much of risk? At this rate all Policemen will resign and go to some other jobs or other countries!

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