Two Murdered in Sri Lanka Amid Buddhist Celebration

May 3, 2007

Source: Tehran Times

COLOMBO (AFP) -- Two Tamil civilians have been shot dead in northern Sri Lanka as the country marked the holiest Buddhist anniversary with nationwide religious services, officials said Wednesday.

Unidentified gunmen committed the murders on Tuesday night, the start of the Wesak festival marking the birth, enlightenment and passing of the Buddha more than 2500 years ago, police officials said.

They said the bullet-riddled bodies were found in Vavuniya, a town in the north and close to the frontline with Tamil Tiger rebel-controlled territory, on Wednesday.

The latest killings came a day after the Defense Ministry reported that 12 people had been killed in two separate incidents in the island's northeast on Monday.