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Sri Lankan MP among five killed as Prime Minister quits amid violent protests

Update : 10 May 2022, 09:21

The Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday amid the island nation's worst economic crisis since independence that has led to widespread protests, prompting authorities to impose a nationwide curfew and deploy army troops in the capital.

Even after the resignation of the controversial Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, the anger of the protesters did not calm down and they set the Rajapaksa’s ancestral house on fire. Five people have died in heavy violence, including one MP from Rajapaksa’s party.

Former Minister Johnston Fernando's residence in Mount Lavinia and the house of MP Sanath Nishantha were attacked by the protesters and set on fire. Footage from the scene showed plumes of smoke filling up the air.

The Sri Lankan government has now extended the curfew till Wednesday to bring the situation under control. More than 150 people have been badly injured in heavy violence in Sri Lanka. Shots were fired at the protesters from inside the official Prime Minister’s Office of Sri Lanka. Thousands of protesters were trying to enter the Prime Minister’s Office, raging against Mahinda Rajapaksa. They set the truck parked there on fire. Protesters have been attacking the homes and properties of Rajapaksa’s supporters across the country despite curfew being imposed.


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