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Lasantha Wickramatunga, Sri Lankan Newspaper Editor, Shot Dead Following Criticism Of Government

First Posted: 12/31/09 11:36 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:00 PM ET

Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Police say the editor of a newspaper strongly critical of the Sri Lankan government has been shot and is badly injured.

Police spokesman Ranjith Gunasekara says Lasantha Wickramatunga was shot Thursday morning by two gunman on a motorcycle as he drove to his office at the Sunday Leader newspaper.

Gunasekara said Wickramatunga was in critical condition and police were investigating the attack.

The shooting came two days after more than a dozen gunmen armed with assault rifles and grenades raided a private television station and destroyed much of its equipment. Media rights groups accused government supporters of villifying opposition media and creating an atmosphere that inspired attacks against them.

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Filed by Danny Shea  |