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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2735

UNP supporters attacked - 1 killed, 16 injured

Colombo, 01 August, (Asiantribune.com):

Armed men opened fire at the group of UNP supporters yesterday morning killing one woman and injuring more than 16 others in the Kotahena area.

According to reports, unidentified gunmen opened fire at a large group of UNP supporters engaged in election related campaigning for UNP Colombo District candidate Ravi Karunanayake .

The attack began at 11.10 am and lasted close to five minutes. At least four gunmen had arrived in two black hybrid cars without number plates to carry out the attack.

The injured were rushed to the Colombo National Hospital.

UNP Statement on the Attack

UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said that the incident of violence clearly demonstrates the plans of those elements that reject the culture of good governance and their intent on winning elections by unleashing terror.

“The United National Party vehemently condemns this attack on a group of people who were peacefully engaged in Minister Ravi Karunanayake’s election campaign,” he said in a statement.

“We would like to emphatically state that we will not allow this type of cowardly brutal attacks to reverse the victory of good governance,” he said while requesting an immediate investigation into this incident.

“The United National Party in deep sorrow of the demise of a female party activist, who was killed during the election campaign supporting the party in its endeavor to consolidate the already achieved victory of good governance, offers its deep condolences to the members of the bereaved family.”

“We also wish speedy recovery to all our party members and others who are hospitalized with severe injuries,” the statement said.

“We stress the need to be firm and not get discouraged by isolated incidents of this nature and all political parties, candidates and activists collectively act resolutely to ensure a peaceful election during the next few days and achieve our goal of consolidating good governance.”

UPFA Statement on the Attack

In the meantime the Former Parliamentarian Dilan Perera said a group belonging to another party might be behind the booing incidents at UPFA rallies.

"It is easy for a rival political movement to send a group to a UPFA election rally and tell them to act in an unruly manner," he said.

"This was reported first at Naula and later at several other places. We are investigating the incidents," he told a press briefing yesterday.

- Asian Tribune -

UNP supporters attacked - 1 killed, 16 injured
UNP supporters attacked - 1 killed, 16 injured
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