Gunmen raid Sri Lanka TV station
A private radio and television station on the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital has been attacked by an armed gang, causing extensive damage to the studio complex and interrupting its broadcasts.A gang of 15 to 20 men stormed the Maharaja TV and Maharaja Broadcasting Corporation at Pannipitiya, 20 km southeast of the Colombo, holding the staff at gunpoint and assaulting some of them before causing the damage early Tuesday.
Gunmen armed with grenades have ransacked offices of the largest private TV broadcaster in Sri Lanka.
The attack near Colombo followed some criticism in state media of the MBC group's coverage of recent army gains against Tamil Tiger rebels.
More than a dozen intruders held guards at gunpoint and shot up equipment, causing extensive damage.
The media minister condemned the attack and said the president had ordered a full investigation.
Journalists in Sri Lanka have suffered a string of recent attacks and media freedom groups say intimidation and violence make it one of the most difficult countries in the world in which to report.
The latest attack follows army gains against the Tamil Tiger rebels in the north of the country.