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Sri Lanka journalist shot and wounded: police

[AFP, Saturday, 16 February 2013 09:01 No Comment]

Sri Lankan journalists and media activists demonstrate in Colombo, on January 29, 2013 (AFP/File, Lakruwan Wanniarachchi)Gunmen shot and wounded a Sri Lankan journalist near the capital Colombo, police said on Saturday, the latest in a string of attacks on the island’s media.

Faraz Shauketaly, 54, a reporter with the privately run newspaper Sunday Leader whose editor was shot dead in 2009, was rushed to hospital for surgery following the midnight attack at his home, according to his colleagues.

"Investigations are underway," police said in a statement without elaborating.

At least three gunmen stormed into the reporter’s house in the tourist resort area of Mount Lavinia, a suburb of Colombo, and opened fire, a colleague said.

Shauketaly was rushed to hospital where doctors carried out emergency surgery.

"We are told his condition is stable," added the colleague, who asked not to be identified.

In the recent past, Shauketaly had been investigating reports of alleged corruption in Sri Lanka’s energy sector.

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