Shootout between STF and criminal gang: former Pradeshiya Sabha member among arrested

Shootout between STF and criminal gang: former Pradeshiya Sabha member among arrested

Shootout between STF and criminal gang: former Pradeshiya Sabha member among arrested

Written by Lahiru Fernando

23 Oct, 2017 | 3:43 pm

Police Special Task Force went up against a Criminal Gang in a shootout in Divulapitiya today (October 23).

One suspect was killed in the shootout while seven others were taken into custody.

Two of the seven in custody were injured in the incident, Police STF said.

The Incident

Around 1:15 this afternoon, Police STF personnel conducted a raid in Ballapana Duunagaha road in Henpitigedera, Divulapitiya.

The raid was a result of a tip off received regarding a criminal gang.

Gunshots were fired at the STF personnel when they attempted to stop a suspicious white van on the road.

The van carried nine suspects. Two were injured when STF personnel opened fire and another killed on the spot.

According to the Divulapitiya Police, one of the suspects fled the scene during the shootout.

The suspect who fled was later admitted to the Minuwangoda District Hospital.

Among the seven in custody, is a former Pradeshiya Sabha member.

Police seized a hand grenade and three fire-arms that were in possession of the suspects.

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