Sri Lanka Troops Open Fire To Contain Riots Over Petrol And Diesel

Sri Lanka troops open fire to quell petrol and diesel riots

The country’s 22 million residents have faced acute shortages and long queues for scarce supplies

Sri Lanka’s military opened fire to stem riots at a gas station, officials said on Sunday as unprecedented lines for petrol and diesel were seen in the bankrupt country.

Troops fired on Saturday night in Visuvamadu, 365 kilometers (228 miles) north of Colombo, as their sentry was pelted with stones, army spokesman Nilantha Premaratne said.

“A group of 20 to 30 people pelted stones and damaged an army truck,” Premaratne told AFP.

Police said four civilians and three soldiers were injured when the military first opened fire to stem the unrest over the worsening economic crisis.

When the gas pump ran out, motorists began protesting and the situation escalated into a clash with troops, police said.

Sri Lanka is suffering from its worst economic crisis since independence, with the country unable to find dollars to import essential goods such as food, fuel and medicines.

The country’s 22 million residents face acute shortages and long queues for scarce supplies, while President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has resisted calls to resign for months over mismanagement.

(This story was not edited by NDTV staff and was generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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