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While Minister Ravi Karunanayake maintained that Friday’s shooting was politically motivated, sources told The Nation that there is a possibility of the incident being related to two under world groups in the area.

According to a source the ‘hit’ was aimed at two underworld figures named as ‘Bloemendal Sanka’ and ‘Army Sampath’ who had only arrived in the Island recently and who were taking part in the procession.

The group led by this duo is said to have a long standing rivalry between another underworld gang lead by ‘Dematagoda Chaminda’ who is currently operating from behind bars. According to the source it is believed the attack was a result of the rivalry between these two groups. The source also said both Sanka and Sampath have gone into hiding follwing the shooting.