Britain shocked by shooting of journalist in Sri Lanka

Faraz Shauketaly in hospital in Colombo on February 16, 2013 (AFP)The Foreign Office voiced its shock and serious concern Saturday over the shooting of a British-Sri Lankan journalist in a Colombo suburb.

Britain’s South Asia minister Alistair Burt urged the Sri Lankan authorities to identify those behind the attack, which the United Nations’ human rights chief called an assassination attempt.

Faraz Shauketaly, 54 — a reporter with the privately owned Sunday Leader, whose editor was shot dead in 2009 — was rushed to hospital for surgery on Saturday following the midnight assault at his home, according to colleagues.

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