An MP from Sri Lanka’s ruling party shot and killed an anti-government protester and then took his own life during a confrontation in Nittambuwa.
According to police, United National Party MP Amarakeerthi Athukorala shot and critically wounded two people blocking his car before fleeing to a building nearby.
“The MP fled the scene and took refuge at a nearby building. Thousands surrounded the building and he then took his own life with his revolver,” said a police official.
In response to the growing unrest, Sri Lanka’s defense ministry has ordered troops to shoot on sight looters and those who cause harm to life or property.
All branches of Sri Lanka’s armed forces and police have already been deployed around the country as public dissent continues to spread.
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has called on citizens to remain calm and to avoid causing damage to both life and property.
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