President Sirisena’s brother dies

The youngest brother of President Maithripala Sirisena, on Saturday succumbed to injuries he sustained in an axe attack earlier this week.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said that Priyantha Sirisena, 40, was in critical condition after the attack on Thursday night and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday morning.

Lakmal, who attacked Priyantha Sirisena over a personal dispute in his home town of Pollonaruwa, was arrested after he surrendered to the police.

Sirisena was initially admitted to the Pollonaruwa hospital but was later airlifted to Colombo.