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Sri Lankan troops open fire to contain fuel riots

A member of Sri Lankan security personnel stands guard at a Ceylon Petroleum Corporation fuel station in Colombo on June 19, 2022.

A member of Sri Lankan security personnel stands guard at a Ceylon Petroleum Corporation fuel station in Colombo on June 19, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP

Sri Lanka’s military opened fire to contain rioting at a fuel station, officials said on Sunday as unprecedented queues for petrol and diesel were seen across the bankrupt country.

Troops fired in Visuvamadu, 365 kilometres north of Colombo, on Saturday night as their guard point was pelted with stones, Army spokesman Nilantha Premaratne said. “A group of 20 to 30 people threw stones and damaged an Army truck,” Mr. Premaratne said.

The police said four civilians and three soldiers were wounded when the Army opened fire for the first time to quell unrest linked to the worsening economic crisis.

As the pump ran out of petrol, motorists began to protest and the situation escalated into a clash with the troops, the police said.

Sri Lanka is suffering its worst economic crisis since independence, with the country unable to find dollars to import essentials, including food and fuel.


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