Police have launched a manhunt to arrest a suspect who allegedly killed a 35-year-old woman and injured her nine-year-old daughter at a house in Dehiaththakandiya yesterday.

Police Media Unit said police were called to a house at Dolakanda and found the female lying dead from a wound inflicted by an udella (garden hoe). Her nine-year-old, who had suffered minor injuries, has been admitted to the Dehiaththakandiya Hospital. The victim’s body is still at the scene of the crime under police guard.

Police have identified a suspect in connection with the murder, and said the motive for the crime had been an alleged illicit affair. Dehiaththakandiya Police are investigating to arrest him.