Thousands mourn Sri Lanka editor

[BBC]

Thousands of mourners have attended the funeral of a leading Sri Lankan newspaper editor and fierce government critic who was shot dead last week. Security was tight in Colombo as crowds paid their last respects to Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickramatunga. Reports say some 10,000 people attended a Christian service ahead of a burial ceremony at Colombo’s main cemetery. Journalists in Sri Lanka have suffered a string of attacks as the war with Tamil Tiger rebels has intensified.

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