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Sri Lanka President: PM was detained for assassination

By Bharatha Mallawarachi | AP October 28 at. The Sri Lankan president said Sunday that the main reason for his decision to sack his prime minister was that a prime minister claimed he would be murdered to kill him. In a television address to the country, President Maithripala Sirisena said that a person questioned by investigators had revealed the name of a minister in an alleged plot to kill him and a former defense secretary. He said the only choice for him under the circumstances was to dismiss Ranil Wickremesinghe and invite his former nemesis and ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to take over as prime minister and form a new government. "This information (received by investigators) contains a number of details hitherto hidden to the people," said Sirisena. "The informant has made a statement about a minister involved in the conspiracy to kill me." He did not reveal the minister's name. Although Sirisenas supporters had talked about an alleged plot to kill him for weeks, Sunday was the first time Sirisena had made a public statement about it. In the meanwhile one person and two others were injured on Sunday in a shot at the Petroleum Ministry, in the first violent accident since the political turmoil began on Friday with the departure of Wickremesinghe. Pushpa Soyza, a spokesman at Colombo National Hospital, said three people were hospitalized after the shot, and one of them had died. Arjuna Ranatunga, a minister of petroleum under Wickremesinghe, said one of his security guards opened…

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