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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2955

The Sunday Leader printing press burned

Sunil C. Perera in Colombo

Colombo, 21 November, ( The printing press of the Leader Publication was destroyed early Wednesday by an armed gang who stormed the building on the outskirts of Colombo and set the machines on fire, police said.

At least 12 masked men carrying T-56 automatic weapons threatened the staff at the building located in Ratmalana and set it on fire.

"The printing press is located within a high-security zone adjoining an Air Force airport, and this raises the question how could the attackers escape without being detected," said the managing director of the group, Lal Wickrematunga.

The group publishes three newspapers, the English-language Sunday Leader and Morning Leader and the Sinhala-language Irudina (Sunday) newspaper. All of them are highly critical of the government, exposing corruption among ministers and state institutions.

A similar attack on the printing press had been carried out before, but the damage reported was said to be comparatively less.

- Asian Tribune -

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