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US calls for 'swift justice' in Jaffna judge shooting

Condemning the suspected assassination attempt of a Jaffna High Court judge, Ilancheliyan, the United States embassy in Sri Lanka called for the perpetrators to face "swift justice". 

"Deeply concerned by shooting involving #Jaffna High Court Judge Illancheliyan. We call on govt to ensure perpetrators face due,swift justice," the US embassy tweeted on Sunday. 

The United States ambassador, Atul Keshap tweeted: "Heartfelt condolences to the policeman's family. This despicable attack is an assault on the judiciary, rule of law, & impartial justice."

The judge’s car was shot at by two individuals on Temple Road, close to the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, around 5.10pm (Jaffna time).

Although the judge was unharmed, both policemen were injured in the altercation, and one succombed to his injuries and has died.  

Two suspects have been arrested on Sunday for their alleged involvement in the shooting. Their identities remain unknown. 

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