Six killed in Lanka gang violence

COLOMBO: Six people were killed in two incidents of apparently gang-related violence in Sri Lanka on Friday, police said, despite a tough crackdown ordered last week. Five were found burned to death in a van on a remote stretch of road outside Colombo, their bodies too charred to be easily identified. “This looks like some kind of revenge attack,” a senior police official told AFP. “An investigation is under way to identify the victims. We suspect this has something to do with gang rivalry.” In a separate incident, gunmen burst into a home in the island’s south and opened fire, killing a woman and wounding her husband, police said. No arrests have yet been made over the deaths, which come days after President Maithripala Sirisena drafted in the military to help tackle a surge in gang-related shootings.