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* Sri Lanka MP Sripathi Sooriyarachchi killed in road accident
Saturday, February 9, 2008, 11:59 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 09, Galgamuwa: Parliamentarian Sripathi Sooriyarachchi was killed this afternoon in a fatal road accident at Madagama, in the Galgamuwa area.

According to police sources, the vehicle carrying MP Sooriyarachchi crashed into a tree around 1.15 PM after it slipped off the road at high speed. The vehicle was traveling from Anuradhapura to Colombo via Thambuththegama, said sources.

Two of the MPís bodyguards have also been killed and another three who were in the vehicle have suffered serious injuries. The injured have been admitted to Kurunegala hospital, sources added.

Police said the road has been slippery due to rain, and the MPís vehicle seemed to have lost control while taking a sharp turn at a very high speed.

Sripathi Sooriyarachchi MP was a former minister and a key figure in the breakaway Sri Lanka Freedom Party (Mahajana) faction. He was also a reputed lawyer and a retired Navy officer.

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