Six remanded for stealing Police firearms, shooting policemen

Six suspects, including two army soldiers, have been remanded until September 25 for stealing firearms from a police station and opening fire at three policemen.

According to Police sources, the suspects had been taken into custody for stealing two T-56 assault rifles from the Panadura (North) police station and for shooting at three policemen using the one of the firearms.

The suspects, including the two army soldiers attached to the Panadura army camp, who had been taken into custody during the police investigations into the shooting of the policemen at Akuressa, were produced before the Acting Magistrate of Matara under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) yesterday (12).

On September 5, two police officers on duty in Akuressa had given chase to three persons on a motorcycle who had ignored the orders to stop. The suspects had opened fire at the police officers using T-56 rifle and fled. The motorcycle did not have number plates.

Based on the statement given by one of the suspects, two other suspects were also arrested by Akuressa Police.

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