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Gunmen kill Sri Lankan politician

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a pro-Tamil Tiger politician at a Christmas Midnight Mass in Sri Lanka. Joseph Pararajasingham, 71, was shot at close range at St Michael’s Church in Batticaloa, 300km (189 miles) east of the capital, Colombo. At least eight other people, including his wife, were injured in the shooting in the crowded church, police said. The attack comes amid escalating tensions in Sri Lanka, although the motive for the killing is unclear. Mr Pararajasingham represented the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) party in parliament. The TNA is linked to the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which split in March 2004. Full Story

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