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Sri Lanka crisis: Pro-Sirisena mob tries to take minister hostage, fired at

It was the first report of serious violence since President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday

AFP | PTI  |  Colombo 

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Ousted Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (Left). Photo: Sanjay K Sharma

Sri Lanka police said two people were injured on Sunday when shots were fired in Colombo, as a constitutional crisis sparked by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's shock sacking turned violent.

Bodyguards for Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga fired live rounds at a mob loyal to President after the group tried to take the Cabinet member hostage, police said.

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It was the first report of serious violence since Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on Friday and installed former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse as the new prime minister, triggering political chaos.

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First Published: Sun, October 28 2018. 17:20 IST