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Last updated: 12 August, 2005 - Published 16:49 GMT
 
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Tamil broadcaster shot dead
 
Body of newsreader Relangi Selvarajah
Relangi and her husband killed in their shop at Wellawatta
Sri Lanka’s Tamil activists say suspected Tamil Tigers have shot and killed a senior Tamil broadcaster and her husband in the capital Colombo.

Relangi Selvarajah, 44, a well-known newsreader worked for government owned Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporarion, and her husband were gunned down around 1300 SLT.

Military spokesman Brigadier Daya Ratnayake said the couple, Sinnathurai Selvarajah and his wife were in their shop when armed assailants shot them dead.

BBC correspondent Elmo Fernando, who visited the scene, says the police did not allow journalists to enter the shop where the couple were shot at.

Sinnaturai Selvarajah, who has been an activist of the Peoples Liberation Organisation for Tamil Ealam (PLOTE), has left the organisation in 1990 and started his own business in the capital.

Tsunami camp

However, he remained a supporter of the organisation until his death, a spokesman for the PLOTE told BBC Sandeshaya (BBC Sinhala).

The spokesman, Pavon, said the main target might have been the newsreader as she has recently presented a radio programme against the rebels.

The PLOTE have made a complaint to the ceasefire monitors (SLMM) accusing the LTTE of the murder.

In another incident police said suspected Tamil Tiger rebels attacked a police post at a tsunami relief camp in Kalmunai east of Colombo.

They said four people were injured when rebels hurled grenades at the camp, which houses about two hundred people.

There was no word from the Tamil Tigers on the incidents.

 
 
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