Sri Lankan welcomes the latest addition to its fleet, an Airbus A320 aircraft, in Katunayake on February 27, 2017. The government is looking for an investor to take a slice of the cash-strapped loss making airline and manage it in a bid to reduce its huge debt running into over a billion dollars.
Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP
Khaki-clad gunmen open
fire on Black Maria killing 7
Seven persons including five prisoners and two jailers were killed when a group of gunmen dressed in police style uniforms launched an audacious daytime attack on a prison bus at Ethanamadala in Kalutara around 8.30 am yesterday.
Among the dead was notorious underworld kingpin Aruna Udayashantha alias Kaduwela Samayan, police said. The prisoners who died in the attack were henchmen of the underworld leader, police claimed.
Nine prison officers injured in the attack had been admitted to hospital, police said.