BREAKING NEWS: Sri Lanka’s PM resigns after MP murder-suicide

BREAKING NEWS: Sri Lanka's PM resigns after MP murder-suicide Credit: Ministry of Defence Sri Lanka

On Monday, May, 9 Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned following the murder-suicide of a legislator from Sri Lanka’s ruling party.

According to police the murder-suicide took place when MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala opened fire on two people who were blocking his car during government protests in the town of Nittambuwa, Sri Lanka.

One of the victims later died from their injuries with the other seriously injured.

“The MP fled the scene and took refuge at a nearby building. Thousands surrounded the building and he then took his own life with his revolver,” stated a police official speaking with AFP via telephone.

The incident occurred during a protest in which thousands confronted supporters of Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has resigned following the murder-suicide.

The supporters of Rajapaksa had reportedly destroyed placards and tents belonging to the anti-government protesters who had stationed themselves outside the President’s official residency in Sri Lanka.

“In violence in the capital Colombo, at least 138 people were injured and admitted to the Colombo National Hospital in Sri Lanka”, stated a hospital spokeswoman.

The news of the murder-suicide in Sri Lanka followed another the news of a statement given by Celebrity Singer Nick Cave in which announced the death of his 30-year-old son Jethro Lazenby.


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