Sri Lankan police probe on radio/TV attack

18:34, July 30, 2010      

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Sri Lankan police are investigating the attack on a privately owned television and radio station Friday morning, police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said.

Jayakody told Xinhua that an armed gang attacked the offices of the Voice of Asia Network around 1:30 a.m.local time (2000 GMT) Friday and set the place ablaze.

"One security guard of the company was injured. The police rushed to the site and called fire brigade to douse the fire," said Jayakody.

He said the police are investigating the incident but nobody has been arrested so far.

The company runs a private television station and three radio stations.

The fire gutted the premises housing the company's television channel Siyatha TV and caused the closure of the TV station, but the radio stations were still broadcasting, company officials said.

The motive for the attack or the culprits remain unidentified.

The main opposition deputy leader Karu Jayasuirya visited the attack site and condemned the attack.

Source: Xinhua


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