Two Muslims wounded in Akkaraippattu attack

[TamilNet, Saturday, 02 February 2008, 00:47 GMT]
Unidentified armed men shot and severely wounded two Muslim men Friday night 7:00 p.m. in Akkaraippattu division in Ampaa'rai district. Election rivalries prevailing in the area for the past several days were the likely cause for the attack, according to local residents.

The victims have been identified as Abdul Majid Riyas, 29, from Paddiyaddi employed at Road Development Authority and Mohammed Ismail Sameem, 35, from Division 6, Akkaraippattu.

Riyas and Sameem have been admitted at Ampaa'rai hospital for treatment.

The shooting incident occurred in front of Athawullah stadium in a densely populated Muslim area and the victims knew the gunmen, relatives told police.

Akkaraippattu is located 74 km from Batticaloa.


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