Sri Lankan cop fatally shoots 3 officers in former war zone

The shooting occurred on Friday night inside a police station in the small town of Thirukkovil in eastern Sri Lanka

A policeman opened fire on a group of fellow officers in Sri Lanka, killing three of them and wounding three others, police said Saturday, December 25, 2021.

The shooting occurred on Friday night inside a police station in the small town of Thirukkovil in eastern Sri Lanka, a police statement said. The town is located in the island’s former war zone, which has been largely peaceful since the civil war ended in 2009. The town is about 336 km east of the capital Colombo.

The officer in charge of the police station was among the wounded who were rushed to a hospital.

The police sergeant who carried out the shooting has surrendered to a nearby police station and handed over two T-56 assault rifles and ammunition, the statement said.

The motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

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