Kuram Shaikah Zaman, a British national, and his companion, Victoria Alexandrovna, 23, reportedly got into an argument with at least three Sri Lankans at a resort in Tangalle (about 100 miles south of Colombo), resulting in the death of Zaman and injuries to Alexandrovna. The altercation occurred during the early morning hours of December 25.
While two of the suspects were thought to have been directly connected to the assault, the third man had been arrested for providing a vehicle for the attackers. All three are in police custody.
COMMENT: A post-mortem examination revealed that Zaman had been attacked by a sharp weapon and shot by a firearm as well. Alexandrovna is being treated in Karapitiya Hospital in Galle.
Hoteliers in Tangalle have reported that following the incident, a number of foreign tourists have left the resort.
Although few facts are available at this time, it is generally prudent for travelers and tourists to avoid getting into arguments if at all possible or simply walk away from an altercation if possible. Otherwise, visitor should ask the establishment in which the argument is taking place to summon police promptly before the argument escalates into assault.
This case will be updated as information becomes available.