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Briton killed at Sri Lanka resort

[BBC, Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:01 No Comment]

_57572958_srilankapolice A British man has been killed in an attack at a Sri Lankan resort, local police say.

They named him as Kuram Shaikah Zaman. The Foreign Office confirmed a man had died but did not release any other details. Next of kin have been told.

Police said the incident happened early on 25 December at a resort in Tangalle, about 100 miles south of Colombo.

Mr Zaman and a Russian woman were attacked after reportedly arguing with a man. Four men have been arrested.

Superintendent of Police Ajith Rohana told the BBC’s Sinhala service that while two of the suspects were thought to have been directly connected to the assault, the third man had been arrested for providing a vehicle for the attackers. All three are Sri Lankan, but police did not name them.

A fourth man – Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana, 24, the chairman of Tangalle village council – was arrested after going to police on 26 December, police said.

A post-mortem examination showed Mr Zaman had been attacked by a sharp weapon and shot, he added.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said the victim’s next of kin had been informed, and consular assistance was being provided.

Police described Mr Zaman as a British national of Israeli origin, who had been working in the Gaza Strip.

The Russian woman – named as Victoria Alexandrovna, 23, – was being treated in Karapitiya hospital, Galle, at the intensive care unit.

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