Two policemen killed in Sri Lanka ahead of presidential elections

Two policemen in Sri Lanka’s east have been shot dead ahead of presidential elections in the country. Two policemen in Sri Lanka’s east have been shot dead ahead of presidential elections in the country. The two constables died in separate shootings in the same eastern province where police also found a landmine near a polling station.

A nationwide security alert is in force ahead of Thursday’s election.

Heavily armed troops are backing 64,000 police deployed to guard more than 10,000 polling booths and 22 counting centres.

Police say a special motorcycle unit will also be ready to respond to emergencies.

Meanwhile, thousands of public servants are seting up polling booths across the country for the 13.3 million voters.

The elections commissioner’s spokesman, Rasika Peiris, says international and local election monitors will be allowed access to polling stations, with the European Union deploying 72 foreign observers.

Thursday’s election is the fifth national vote to be held in the island of 19.6 million people in five years.

Although there are 13 men running, only