Gun battle in Matara, policeman killed, three people injured

A gun battle erupted in the Matara town today between the Police and a group of robbers in which a policeman was killed and three people were injured.

The Police said that the gun battle erupted when a gang attempted to rob a jewellery store in the Matara town.

Three policemen and a civilian were injured in the shooting and were admitted to hospital.

One policeman succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

The main suspect involved in the incident and two others were later arrested.

Two motorcycles and a gun used by the gang were also recovered. (Colombo Gazette)