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3 killed in Sri Lanka poll violence

2011-10-08 17:30

Colombo - Three people including an advisor to Sri Lanka's president were killed on Saturday in election-related violence just outside the capital, police said.

A police official said former lawmaker Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra and two of his supporters were killed in an intraparty shootout during local council elections. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to comment to the media.

Another lawmaker from President Mahinda Rajapaksa's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance who was involved in the clash was hospitalized with serious head injuries, Dr Shavindra Gamage said.

Election violence is common in Sri Lanka.