COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The chairman of Sri Lanka's ruling United National Party and three others were shot to death today by a gunman suspected of belonging to a Sinhalese rebel group opposed to the island's peace pact with India.
Police said Harsha Abeywardene was gunned down close to his home in Colombo's busy Wellawatte district while he was being driven to his office.
Abeywardene's bodyguard, driver and servant, traveling in the car, were also killed when a lone assassin opened fire at close range with a T-56 rifle and hurled grenades. The killer escaped.
Police and party sources said they suspect the attacker was from the outlawed People's Liberation Front, composed of Marxist Sinhalese youth.