Violent incidents mount as Sri Lanka heads to presidential poll

January 5, 2015 12:56 PM

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Violent incidents mount as Sri Lanka heads to presidential poll

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Three supporters of the challenger for Sri Lanka's presidency were injured by unidentified gunmen on Monday, the latest in a series of violent incidents ahead of the South Asian island nation's election this week.

Over the weekend a volley of shots were fired at a campaign meeting just after Mithripala Sirisena, who has emerged as a serious threat to President Mahinda Rajapaksa's bid for a third term, had left the stage in his rural heartland home district.

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