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Two suspects arrested over Jaffna judge shooting

Two men were arrested on Sunday over their suspected involvement in the shooting of a Jaffna High Court judge on Saturday. 

Judge Ilancheliyan managed to escape unharmed but one police officer was killed in the incident. 

The identities of the suspects remains unknown. 

“This is a threat to the judiciary,” Judge Ilancheliyan told journalists, adding that he believed the attack to be related to any number of dangerous cases that he has been overseeing for the past eight months.

The judge called for the Sri Lankan president and justice officials to take the incident seriously and ensure the protection of judges and the independent judiciary.

The Tamil National Alliance condemned the attack and urged the Inspector General of Police to bring the perpetrators to justice and "investigate the conspiracies behind this accident." TNA spokesperson M. A. Sumanthiran said in a statement that the party was "gravely concerned that the incidents of crime in Jaffna peninsula have reached serious levels."