_Shooting in Sri Lanka has killed one and wounded two by guard alleged to have shot in defence of crowd trying to attacl the minister.Ruwan Gunasekara, a police spokesman, told reporters a bodyguard working for Arjuna Ranatunga, Wickremesinghe’s petroleum minister, fired live rounds at a crowd of people loyal to Sirisena after they attempted to prevent the dismissed minister from entering his office at the state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corporation.
A 34-year-old man was killed in the incident, police said. The bodyguard was taken into custody and an investigation was under way.
Ranatunga, speaking to reporters, said his bodyguard opened fire because the crowd “was trying to kill me”.
The shooting was the first incident of serious violence since Sirisena’s Friday decision to replace Wickremesinghe with Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former president accused of human rights abuses and corruption.