The injured monks are currently being treated at the Hambantota General hospitalICE, but hospital sources added that the Chief monk’s life is not in danger.
The Chief monk had been on his way to the Pahatha Maluwa from the Uda Maluwa of the Kiri Vehera last night, when the gunmen lying in waiting at the Pahala Maluwa had opened fire, initial investigations revealed.
The vehicle of the gunmen, who shot the chief incumbent of the Kataragama Kiriwehera Rajamaha Viharaya and another monk, has been identified by the Police.
The gunmen had then fled in a jeep under the registration number UP CAG 8531, according to the police.
The monks were rushed to the Debarawewa Hospital with gunshot wounds and later transferred to the Hambantota Base Hospital for further treatment.
Ven. Damminda Thera, who was shot in the right leg and left hand while the other monk had sustained gunshot injuries to his right leg.
The police had recovered the jeep used by the gunmen which was abandoned,based on information received.
Eight police teams have been appointed under the directions of the IGP to conduct investigations, while the police said the gunmen had yet not been identified.