Sri Lankan parliament member killed
February 11, 1997
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (CNN) -- A member of parliament from
Sri Lanka's ruling People's Alliance was shot Tuesday and
died in the hospital, police said.
Lawmaker Nalanda Ellawala, 29, and a security
guard of another legislator traveling with him died, and
five people were wounded in a confrontation on a road in
Kuruwita, 50 miles south of the capital, Colombo.
Ellawala's political group and a rival group from the main
opposition United National Party (UNP) had stopped on the
Police said Ellawala got out of the car when UNP activists
blocked his motorcade. An argument followed, his security
guards fired warning shots, then someone shot at Ellawala and
people standing nearby.
Police said they had made no arrests, adding it was not
clear who fired the shots that hit Ellawala.
Reuters contributed to this report.
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