A 33-year-old individual was hacked to death by four assailants in front of a shop at Jampata Street in Kotahena this afternoon.

Police said the assailants, who had arrived in a three-wheeler, had attacked the victim with sharp weapons (knives, swords), before they fled, leaving the three-wheeler behind. The suspects have been identified.

According to police, the 33-year-old victim had several court cases pending against him and had only been released on bail a month ago. He was a defendant in a murder case, two robbery cases and another court case relating to the possession of a hand grenade, police revealed.

It has also been revealed that the deceased had earlier killed a brother of the four suspects.