No arrest yet in beheading incident

By Damith Wickremesekera

Police investigating the brutal killing of a 42-year-old mother at Kandana have deployed three teams to apprehend the suspects, but have so far failed to make any breakthrough.

A senior policeman said that they were working on many leads provided by members of the public and that an arrest was imminent at any time but admitted that the killers had made a clean get away leaving no clues behind.

Niranjala Edirisooriya, a resident of Thotupola road in Kandana was beheaded in the presence of her nine-year-old daughter on Friday morning by five assailants wearing masks.

The killers had severed the victim’s head and later thrown it several metres away. The incident took place in the front lawn of her plush residence. According to police the victim had at first attempted to run into the house. But as she was fumbling with the lock of the front door the killers had dragged her back to the lawn and decapitated her.

The brutal manner of killing has led investigators to believe that this was a revenge attack. The victim’s in-laws who live in the adjoining apartment were present at the time of the incident. The victim’s husband is currently employed in Rome, Italy.

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