Seven prisoners including a notorious underworld figure Aruna Udayanga also known as ‘Samayan’ were killed earlier today after shots fired at a prison bus in Kalutara.
The incident occurred when the bus was on its way towards the Kalutara courts Complex.
The police said that two prison officers were also among those who were killed in the incident.
The prison officers who were killed have been identified as S. Sannigam and S.R. Wijerathne.
The other deceased are Damith Pathirana, Tilak Mallikage, Prasanna Sampath, Kelum Priyankara and Prasanna Kumara.
Four persons were wounded have been admitted to the Nagoda hospital for treatment.