Presidential aide, bodyguard killed during Sri Lanka vote


A presidential aide and a bodyguard were shot dead during Saturday’s local council elections in Sri Lanka’s capital in a contest seen as a mid-term test for President Mahinda Rajapakse, police said. Former ruling party lawmaker and advisor to the president, Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, was pronunced dead shortly after being taken to hospital following a clash with a ruling party legislator who was also critically hurt.
Police said the two men were taken to separate hospitals along with dozens of their supporters who were also wounded. A bodyguard of Premachandra was also killed. Official sources said Premachandra and his bodyguard were slain by a group led by ruling party legislator Duminda Silva, who was also critically wounded in the gunbattle.