Sri Lanka opposition candidate escapes stoning

January 2, 2015 6:34 PM

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Sri Lanka's main opposition presidential candidate narrowly escaped a stoning by suspected pro-government activists at a rally Friday, but at least 20 of his supporters were seriously injured in the attack days ahead of the vote.

Rocks and stones were hurled into the crowd of some 20,000 people during a speech by Maithripala Sirisena, who is mounting a serious challenge against President Mahinda Rajapakse, on Friday evening.

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