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Shots fired as Sri Lanka political crisis escalates

Photo Gallery1 Photo By AFP - Sun Oct 28, 8:30 am

Sri Lankan soldiers walk outside the prime minister’s official residence in Colombo. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe resisted moves to evict him from his official residence, defiantly summoning allies for a crisis meeting as a thousand supporters stood guard. (AFP pic)

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka police said two people were injured Sunday when shots were fired in Colombo, as a constitutional crisis sparked by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s shock sacking turned violent.

Bodyguards for Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga fired live rounds at a mob loyal to President Maithripala Sirisena after the group tried to take the cabinet member hostage, police said.

It was the first report of serious violence since Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on Friday and installed former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse as the new prime minister, triggering political chaos.

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