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* Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential aspirant, Gotabaya Rajapaksa arriving at the Sri Vivekarama polling station in Mirihana to cast his ballot. (Pic by Kamal Bogoda)

* New Democratic Front (NDF) presidential candidate, Sajith Premadasa, casting his vote at the Abayapura Suranimala Primary School polling centre in Hambantota.

* National People’s Power (NPP) presidential contender, Anura Kumara Dissanayake greeting supporters after voting at the Abeysingharama Temple, Colombo 10. (Pic by Jude Denzil Pathiraja)

Bus convoy carrying Muslim IDP’s fired at
Nobody hurt, 81.5% turnout

Gunmen fired at buses carrying minority Muslim voters on Saturday as Sri Lankans elected a new president, with the powerful Rajapaksa clan eyeing a comeback seven months after Islamist extremists carried out deadly bombings on the island.

Muslim Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) were being ferried to their voting stations in a convoy of over 100 buses provided by the Elections Commission, Nobody was hurt.

Minority Tamils and Muslims are seen as crucial in the close election, and the attack in the northwest of the island — in which no one was injured was likely aimed at deterring people from voting.



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