Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka ruling party MP killed in clashes

MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala opened fire and critically wounded two people blocking his car in Nittambuwa, and was later found dead after trying to take refuge in a nearby building, officers said.

A legislator from Sri Lanka’s ruling party died Monday following a clash with anti-government protesters outside the capital, police said, as dozens were wounded in violence elsewhere. MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala opened fire and critically wounded two people blocking his car in Nittambuwa, and was later found dead after trying to take refuge in a nearby building, officers said.

This comes as the country’s Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned after dozens of people were hospitalised when his supporters armed with sticks and clubs attacked protestors.

Rajapaksa’s spokesman Rohan Weliwita said the 76-year-old sent his letter of resignation to his younger brother, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, clearing the way for a “new unity government”.

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