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Policeman shoots dead four fellow officers and injures three others in Sri Lanka


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A policeman has killed four fellow officers and injured three others in a shooting at a police station in Sri Lanka.

The incident took place in the former war zone of Thirukkovil in eastern Sri Lanka on Friday night, a police statement said.

Among the injured taken to hospital was the officer in charge of the police station, it added.

A Sri Lankan police officer inspects a bullet ridden police vehicle following a shooting incident at a police station in Thirukkovil, east of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. A policeman opened fire on a group of fellow officers in Sri Lanka, killing four of them and wounding three others, a police spokesman said Saturday.(AP Photo/Achala Pussalla)
Image: A bullet-ridden vehicle is inspected by a police officer on Saturday. Pic: AP

The sergeant who carried out the shooting was arrested after surrendering himself and two Type 56 assault rifles with ammunition at a separate police station, spokesman Nihal Thalduwa said on Saturday.

Thirukkovil has been largely peaceful since the end of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009. It is located around 208 miles east of the commercial capital Colombo.

The motive of the shooting is not yet clear, police said.

 Sky News

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