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Why Was a Red Cross Manager on Vacation from Gaza Murdered in Sri Lanka?Tim King Salem-News.com
A British tourist based in Gaza is killed by a mob in a tourist area.
(SALEM) - British citizen Khuram Shaikh Zaman, 32, of Manchester, died on Christmas Eve after he and his colleague, Victoria Alexandrovna, 23, Russian national, were attacked by a gang led by a politician in Tangalle, a popular tourist destination about 100 miles south of the capital Colombo.
According to reports, the two vacationers became involved in an argument with four men at their hotel. Later, the pair were approached by a mob of men who were heavily intoxicated, while dancing. It ended in the bloody murder of Mr. Zaman, who Alexandrovna tried to defend, becoming seriously injured in the process.
Zaman was a Red Cross physical rehabilitation programme manager based on the Gaza Strip; one of the most dangerous places on earth, under attack by Israeli jets as recently as yesterday. His friend said, "He provided prosthetics for people who have lost limbs" For Khuram Zaman and Victoria Zlexandrovna, Christmas day in Sri Lanka was far more dangerous than life in war-torn Gaza.
The Press Association contacted a spokeswoman for the Jerusalem office of the International Red Cross who said: "We do confirm he was a work colleague in Gaza. He was a physiotherapist and the manager of our physical rehabilitation project. He went on holiday to Sri Lanka with a colleague and unfortunately this has happened.
"We are deeply shocked and the International Committee of the Red Cross is grieved by the loss. He was a very committed member of the Red Cross team in Gaza, the West Bank and Jerusalem."
The Colombo Page reports that President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered an investigation into the killing of Mr. Zaman and the assault against his companion by a gang of thugs led by the Chairman of the local government Pradeshiya Sabha of Tangalle. The Criminal Investigation Department announced the pending arrests of seven more persons.
24-year old Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana, the chairman of Tangalle village council has been arrested, along with three others so far.
While little is clear at this point, police told reporters that the heavily intoxicated suspects mingled with the dancing tourists, and that the deceased, 32-year-old British national had photographed the dancers and later was involved in mediating a quarrel.
Khuram Zaman died from lacerations, according to the coroner's report, however investigators say the assailants also used an automatic rifle. The woman was injured while trying to save her companion from the attack, the police said. Ms. Alexandrovna remains in intensive care at this time in Sri Lanka after suffering "serious injuries". Mr. Zaman's family has been notified and efforts have been launched to assist them at this difficult time.
Briton killed in Sri Lanka Christmas Day attack - Mirror UK
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