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Monday, 21 January 2019 - 19:09
A shooting takes place in Matara; Licenses for pistols and revolvers cancelled
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A 38-year-old individual who was injured in a shooting in the Polwatte area in Weligama- Matara this afternoon has been admitted to hospital for treatment.

The Police stated that two unknown assailants who had arrived on a motorbike had carried out the shooting while the victim was travelling on a motorbike as well.  

The hospital spokesman meanwhile stated that condition of the injured individual was not critical.

Reports state that a land dispute was the motive behind the shooting.

Meanwhile, the police stated that a notorious gang leader and drug trafficker, Imran, who is domiciled in Dubai, had masterminded the shooting that occurred last night in Jinthupitiya in Kotahena.  

A senior police officer investigating the incident noted that the injured individual Anton Michael alias Cruze was a member of Imran’s gang.

The police officer presumes that the shooting may have been carried out as a result of an internal issue, related to the non-payment of money received in a drug deal.

Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando stated that licenses issued for 9-millimetre pistols and revolvers have been temporarily cancelled.

The defence secretary made this statement while addressing a ceremony held at Nalanda College today.

Accordingly, new licenses could be obtained from January 23rd onwards.
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