Tamil newspaper staff injured in attack

April 3, 2013 at 1:43 PM

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, April 3 (UPI) -- A Tamil newspaper in northern Sri Lanka was attacked Wednesday and its staff beaten by six masked men, officials say.

Two members of the pro-opposition newspaper Uthayan were badly injured and property was damaged, the BBC reported.

Six staff members and a driver who distributed the publication were in the office at the time of the attack, said E Saravanapavan, the owner.

He said the attackers waved cricket stumps and shouted in Sinhala, the country's majority language.

The attack was the fourth this year on Tamil-language newspapers or their distributors. The Uthayan's office has repeatedly attacked over the years. Several of its staff members have been killed.

The newspaper's owner is also a parliamentarian in the Tamil National Alliance opposition party.

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