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Underworld gunman killed in shootout with STF

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A suspected underworld gunman was killed following a shootout with Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel at Ganemulla last night.

According to police reports, the suspect initiated gunfire at STF officers conducting a search operation at a residence in Sumedha Mawatha, Ganemulla. The operation was based on intelligence received by law enforcement.

During the exchange of gunfire, the suspect sustained critical injuries from police retaliation. Despite efforts to save him, he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at Ragama Hospital. 

Additionally, a member of the STF sustained injuries during the shootout.

This incident comes amidst a broader crackdown on organized criminal activities in the Western and Southern Provinces. Since the launch of the ‘Yukthiya’ operation targeting 20 identified organized criminal gangs on Tuesday, at least 19 individuals directly linked to the underworld have been apprehended.

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Five killed, 21 injured in accident at ‘Fox Hill SuperCross’ event

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Tragedy struck at the “Fox Hill Super Cross 2024” racing event in Diyatalawa, resulting in the death of five individuals and leaving 21 others injured, according to Police Media Spokesperson DIG Nihal Thalduwa.

The incident occurred when a race car veered off the track and collided with a group of spectators, DIG Thalduwa explained.

The 28th edition of the ‘Fox Hill SuperCross,’ organized by the Sri Lanka Military Academy Diyatalawa with the support of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), commenced in Diyatalawa on Sunday (21).

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Southern province governor Willy Gamage resigns

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The Governor of the Southern Province Willy Gamage has handed over his letter of resignation effective from 02 May, 2024, to the President’s Secretary.

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5 years marked since the Easter Sunday bombings

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Today (April 21) marks 05 years since the brutal Easter Sunday bombings in 2019.

All churches across Sri Lanka will observe 02 minutes of silence at 8:45 am today (21) to remember those lost in the attacks.

Several memorial events centering the St. Anthony’s church in Kochchikade and the St. Sebastian’s church in Katuwapitiya will be held.

Police spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa says that security has been beefed up to areas where memorial services are being held.

In 2019, a spate of bombings that took place across the country claimed 273 lives while injuring hundreds.

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