Two persons shot dead

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Two persons have been shot dead in two separate incidents today (03).

Two unidentified gunmen had arrived on a motorcycle and opened fire at a victim near Nirmala Mawatha, Panadura this afternoon, while another 42-year-old was shot in Moragalla, Aluthgama.

The victim in Panadura, identified as Randika Madhushan, a 31-year-old father of two from Pinwatte, Panadura had died on the spot after two unidentified individuals arrived on a motorcycle and opened fire.

The dispute is believed to have occurred due to an ill-fated drug deal, Police Spokesman SSP Nihal Thalduwa revealed.

He was gunned down while he was moving towards the Galle Road on a motorcycle along with another individual. According to reports, the perpetrators had shot the victim again after he fell down.

He added that further investigations into the matter are being conducted by the Panadura South Police.

Meanwhile, earlier today, a 42-year-old individual was shot in Moragalla, Aluthgama.

The victim was shot while commuting in a lorry he used to sell king coconuts.

Police are yet to identify a suspect or a motive for the murder, Thalduwa said.