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Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Kadirgamar killed

[TamilNet, Friday, 12 August 2005, 18:12 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister, Mr. Lakshman Kadirgamar, was shot Friday night and later succumbed to his gunshot wounds at Colombo National Hospital at 12:15 a.m Saturday according to Hospital sources. Mr. Kadirgamar was rushed to Colombo National Hospital in serious condition after being shot by a sniper from a long distance at his highly guarded residence at Wijerama Mawatte near London Place, Colombo-7, Police said. Tension prevails in Colombo, following the assassination.

Lakshman Kadirgamar

Many shots were fired towards his residence, according to the policemen at the assassination site.

Mr. Kadirgamar was shot between 10:00 p.m and 11:00 p.m. Friday night.

Sri Lankan armed forces are using helicopters to search for assailants, Police said.

All roads leading to Colombo 7 area remain blocked by Sri Lanka armed forces.

 

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