Source: National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka

Ampara District (Eastern coast)

Pastor Neil Edirisinghe of Ampara was shot dead last night (17th February 2008). He was shot in the chest and his wife was shot in the stomach. She has been admitted to hospital in a serious condition. It is reported that their child too has sustained injuries.

Please pray for this family and the Church.

Two Arrested Over Pastor’s Killing – courtesy Daily Mirror
By Senaka De Silva
A home guard and another suspect were arrested yesterday in connection with the killing of a pastor in Ampara.
The pastor had been killed on Sunday night by two persons who had come in the guise of home guards.
According to the police the killers had come on a motor bike to the pastor’s quarters and shot him killing him instantly.
His wife and two-and-a-half-year-old son who also suffered gunshot injuries were receiving treatment at the Ampara hospital.
Ampara DIG Rienzie Perera said two police teams headed by SSP Ananda Wijesuriya had been deployed to probe the killing.
Earlier officials said investigations would be carried out to determine whether the LTTE or some anti-Christian group were behind it.

Pastor’s Killers Hired By Disgruntled Businessman – courtesy Daily Mirror

Four persons including three home guards were arrested by the Ampara Police in connection with the murder of a Pastor in Ampara on Sunday. HQI Ampara Police said that a leading businessman in Ampara had allegedly paid Rs.100,000 to the three home guards to kill the Pastor because he had converted the businessman’s wife into his faith.

 


1 Response to “Pastor Shot Dead in Sri Lanka”

  1. 1 Fred

    There isn’t much news published about Pastor Samuel Neil Edirisinghe’s murder, the condition of his widow Shiromi who was critically injured, or about the trial for the two home guards and the Buddhist businessman who hired the home guards to kill Pastor Neil & his wife. Just prior to the attack on Pastor Neil & Shiromi, death threats had been made against them, two other local pastors, and the Reverend Brother Huxley Siriwardene. I knew Pastor Neil and attended their church (House of Lord Church) located on the YMCA grounds in Ampara. Brother Huxley is a good friend of mine and we worked together on several humanitarian projects in the Ampara region, and also supported the House of Lord Church. The latest news that I have heard is that Shiromi has survived her operations to repair her arm and her stomach/pancreas area which were damaged by bullets. A bullet remains lodged near her spine because the doctors in Sri Lanka are not able to remove it without causing additional injuries to her spine. Shiromi is out of the hospital (she was in a Kandy Hospital for her latest operations) and she and her son Sherath are staying with her parents. The trial was on hold until Shiromi was well enough to testify. Brother Huxley, Administrative Director for the Ampara YMCA, has set up a fund to help Shiromi and her son. More information and pictures/videos of Pastor Neil & Shiromi, as well as how to make donations to help care for Shiromi & Sherath can be found on my blog (http://fblove.blogspot.com/). You can make donations via the internet and the funds will be forwarded to the Shiromi fund in Ampara.

    Fred B. – U.S.A.

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