Two brothers were hacked to death last night following an altercation that arose at a restaurant in Welimada.

Police said the two brothers, aged 22 and 21 years, were allegedly hacked to death by employees of the restaurant after an argument arose between the victims and staff.

According to police, one of the victims succumbed to his injuries upon admission to the Welimada hospital while the other died at the Badulla hospital. Both victims are residents of Welimada.

Police have arrested five suspects in connection with the incident. Welimada police are investigating.