Two friends shot and injured by unknown gunmen

By Madura Ranwala

Two friends living in Dehiwala and Mount Llavinia were hospitalised last night after being shot by two unidentified men near a shop in Dehiwala on Monday night. The assailants had come on a motorcycle in heavy rain.

Police media unit told The Island that the incident had taken place around 11.00 p.m. near a shop on the Pokuna Road, Dehiwala, when the victims, Dinesh Sanjaya Fernando and Mohammed Riaz, left the former’s house for a walk.

The victims were rushed to the Colombo South hospital, Kalubowila by Dinesh’s elder brother with the help of neighbours.

According to the elder brother’s complaint lodged at the Dehiwala police station, he had heard the gun fire few minutes after his brother, Dinesh had left.

The motive for shooting was not known and the gunmen were still at large, police said.

The victims underwent surgery yesterday, but they are out of danger, according to hospital sources.

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