Entire family hacked with swords; one killed

By Madura Ranwala

A 24-year-old youth was hacked to death by a four-member gang, led by a next door neighbour. His father, mother and brother, who were with him in their house, too had been attacked with swords and clubs on Saturday evening by the gang which stormed their house at Danketiya, Tangalle.

The surviving members of the family had received serious injuries following the brutal attack. Nuwan Chameera of Sangabo Mawatha, succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of yesterday at the Karapitiya hospital. All four victims were first rushed to the Tangalle hospital, police said.

Police spokesman SP Buddhika Siriwardana told The Island that the Tangalle police had identified the suspects, but no one had been arrested as they had fled the village after the attack.

The reason for the attack had been a long standing dispute between victims and their assailants.

Police sources said that the attackers had suspected that the victims were the ones who were leaking information about their illegal ‘ganja’ business to the police.

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