Shooting at prison bus kills underworld figure and several others in Kalutara

Shooting at prison bus kills underworld figure and several others in Kalutara

February 27, 2017   09:49 am

Seven prisoners including a notorious underworld figure were killed Monday morning after shots fired at a prison bus in Kalutara.

The police are investigating to identify and locate the gunmen who opened fire at the vehicle while it was on its way to the Kalutara Courts Complex, officials said.

The police spokesperson’s office said two prison officers were also among those who were killed. Apart from that, underworld figure Aruna Udayanga alias Samayan was also killed following the shooting. 

The guards who died in the line of duty have been identified as S. Sannigam and S.R. Wijerathne. The other deceased are Damith Pathirana, Tilak Mallikage, Prasanna Sampath, Kelum Priyankara and Prasanna Kumara.

The suspects were in a vehicle and the group had opened fire at the bus near the kalutara North prison.

Four other persons were also wounded and they have been admitted to the Nagoda hospital for treatments. Police said three persons were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.   

According to reports, this is not the first time underworld figure Samayan was targeted by unidentified killers. In September 2015, he survived with injuries after an unidentified person shot him at the Kaduwela Magistrate’s Court.

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