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One killed, 7 arrested following shootout

One person was killed while seven others have been arrested following a shootout between Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel and a gang of suspected criminals in the Henpitagedara area in Divulapitiya.

Acting on information received that a gang of criminals were loitering near the school in Henpitagedara on the Ballapana-Dunagaha Road, the STF carried out a special raid which had resulted in the shootout.

When a team of STF personnel arrived at the location in question, two suspects had been on the road while another 6 were in a van, the police spokesman’s office said.

One of the suspects on the road had pulled out a pistol and opened fire at the STF personnel who returned fire, injuring the shooter. He was admitted to the Divulapitiya Hospital in c

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