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British man killed in Sri Lanka

[guardian.co.uk, Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:04 No Comment]

Kuram Shaikah Zaman was shot and stabbed after argument broke out at resort of Tangalle, reports say

The Foreign Office in London confirmed a British man's death in Sri Lanka but did not give further details. Photograph: Luke MacGregor Reuters

A British man has died after being shot and stabbed in a Sri Lankan resort, according to reports.

Local police said the victim, named as Kuram Shaikah Zaman, was killed in Tangalle early on Christmas Day.

The Foreign Office confirmed a British man had died in the country but would not confirm any other details. "Next of kin have been informed and we are providing consular assistance," said a spokesman.

Zaman and a Russian woman were attacked following an argument with a man at a hotel, according to reports.

Four men had been arrested, including Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana, 24, the chairman of Tangalle village council, Sri Lankan police told the BBC.

A post-mortem examination revealed Zaman, believed to be a British national of Israeli origin who was working in the Gaza Strip, had been attacked by a sharp weapon and shot.

The Russian woman, named as 23-year-old Victoria Alexandrovna, is being treated for serious injuries in a hospital intensive care unit, according to reports.

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