Athurugiriya terror: Police launch hunt for two killers

By Norman Palihawadane

Police Headquarters sources yesterday disclosed that separate teams had been detailed to investigate the phone records of assassinated businessman, 55-year-old Surendra Wasantha Perera, also known as Club Wasantha, and others injured, including popular singer K. Sujeewa, to trace the assailants.

Wasantha and his driver were pronounced dead on admission to the hospital after two assailants, who came in a white car, opened fire inside a tattoo salon near the Clock Tower in Athurugiriya during its opening ceremony.

Six persons were rushed to hospital following the shooting. Wasantha (55) and a 38-year-old male, who had been a driver of Wasantha, succumbed to their injuries.

Four other individuals, including singer Sujeewa, were receiving treatment at the Homagama hospital. The four injured persons included three females. An injured woman and a man are being treated at the Colombo National Hospital while the other women are being treated at the Homagama Hospital.

Witnesses told the police that two assailants, wearing face masks and caps, came in a white car, armed with assault rifles, and opened fire on those who were in the salon. The assailants got into the same car and sped towards Kaduwela.

Police said that footage of the vehicle, in which the suspects had arrived, as well as the gunmen carrying out the shooting, had been recorded on nearby CCTV cameras.

Police confirmed the shooters had arrived in a white car and that they used two T56 assault rifles to carry out the shooting.

The car, used by the assailants, was later found abandoned near the roadside at Koratota, in Kaduwela.

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