Sri Lankan 'anti-government newspaper' journalist shot in neck

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 04:47 hrs

London: A reporter from Sri Lanka's most outspokenly anti-government newspaper has been shot by a group of unidentified men at his home near the capital, Colombo.

Sunday Leader's Faraz Shauketaly, who holds dual British and Sri Lankan citizenship, was rushed to hospital after being shot in the neck.

A doctor who treated Shauketaly said the journalist was now out of danger, the BBC reports.

According to the report, Shauketaly was on the phone to a colleague at the Sunday Leader on Friday evening at his home in Mount Lavinia when the call was cut.

Shortly afterwards he answered a call and said he had been shot in the neck by three intruders, who had then escaped.

A group of foreign lodgers at his house said he was covered in blood and calling for help.

The report said Shauketaly had voiced fears that his investigative reporting might be putting him in danger, especially after strangers had called at his house recently asking for his whereabouts.

Four years ago, the Sunday Leader's editor, Lasantha Wickrematunge, was shot dead by a group of masked men on motorbikes, the report said.

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