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Monday, 27 February 2017 - 13:03
Prison bus shooting in Kalutara kills 7 including Underworld kingpin ‘Samayan’ and 2 prison officials [video and photos]
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Seven suspects and two prison officials were killed during a drive by shooting at a Black Maria near the Kalutara Prison this morning.

Among the victims was underworld gang leader Aruna Udaya Shantha Pathirana aka ‘Samayan’.

Police Media Spokesman Office said the two prison officials who were killed have been identified as a jailor, S.R. Wijerathna and a guard S. Sannigam.

An unknown group drove by in a double cab, cornered off the Black Maria which was transporting the group of suspects to kaduwela courts from Kalutara prison at around 8.30 this morning.

Another vehicle drove by and shot at the Black Maria killing seven persons.

Police said that the assailants had also shot at a prison bus which was escorting the vehicle whose passengers were fatally shot at.

Three prison officers who were injured are receiving treatment at Nagoda hospital.

One of the officers had to undergo surgery.

A hospital spokesman said that another critically injured prison officer was transferred to Colombo national hospital for further treatment.

A senior prison officer said that the ill-fated prison bus had tinted glasses.

Accordingly, Senior Police Officer in charge of investigation said the shooting seemed to be premeditated.

In addition to ‘Samayan’, suspects Santhaka Chalana Thilak Mallikage, Koralage Amila Prasanna Sampath, Vadduwa Pathirage Kelum Priyankara and Linda-mulage Suranga Prasanna Kumara were killed in the incident.

The suspects had been accused of three murders, two attempted murders in Navagamuwa and in several other police divisions and also for being in possession of a T56.

 

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