Sri Lanka Tamil lawmaker shot

Jan 01, 2008 (LBO) – Gunmen shot a Tamil parliamentarian inside a Hindu temple in the Sri Lankan capital Tuesday morning, eyewitnesses and police said. T. Maheshwaran was rushed to hospital, police said.

He had previously survived an assassination attempt by the Tamil Tigers when he represented the United National Party, now in the opposition.

Hospital director Hector Weerasinghe told reporters Maheshwaran’s condition is critical.

The politician ran a business which provided shipping services to the northern Jaffna peninsula which the guerrillas are trying to isolate. .
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