Chief Incumbent of the Kataragama- Kirivehera,the Ven. Kobawaka Dham-minda thera has been shot at.
The thera is currently receiving treatment at Hambanthota general hospital’s ICU.
A spokesperson for the hospital noted that the thera’s not in critical condition.
Preliminary investigations revealed that the thera, accompanied by Ven. Veedaapola Sobhitha thera, was making his way down to the lower compound from the upper compound of KiriVehera, last night
Three unidentified gunmen who were in hiding in the lower compound shot at the thera and subsequently fled the scene in a red jeep which was parked near Kiri Vehera.
The both thera’s were admitted to Debarawewa base hospital and later transferred to Hambanthota general hospital for further treatment.
A spokesperson for the hospital noted that the chief incumbent had sustained injuries to his right leg and left arm while the other thera had sustained injuries to his right leg.
The jeep used to flee the scene, which was later located by police, in close proximity to Kiri Vehera.
The motive behind the incident is yet to be determined.
5 police teams have been deployed to undertake the investigation.