Gunman opens fire on Fonseka supporters, woman killed, 10 wounded
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 12 January 2010, 14:17 GMT]
A 58-year-old mother of five died on the spot and ten civilians seriously injured
when a gunman who arrived in a motor bike fired at a bus
transporting supporters of common opposition candidate General Sarath
Fonseka Tuesday afternoon in Tangalle of the southern province. Tension prevailed in the area following the shooting incident, which the Sri Lankan police described as the first ever election related killing reported from the Southern
The killing was carried out allegedly by a son of a United Peoples Freedom Alliance politician. The man opened fire at the bus using a T-56 rifle at Ranna in Tangalle police
division Tueday around 3:00 p.m. while the civilians were being transported in a bus to an opposition presidential election rally organized by Sajith Premadasa,
The woman killed was identified as Kusumawathi Kurupuarrachchi.
Of the injured four persons were admitted to the Tangalle general
hospital and three were admitted to the Matara district hospital.