The editor of the Sunday Leader, Sakunthala Perera, said that Faraz Shauketaly was wounded Friday night by three gunmen who stormed into his home in Mt. Lavinia on the outskirts of the capital, Colombo.
She said Faraz suffered injuries to his neck and added that he was writing investigative stories for the paper and the “attack could be related to an article” written by him.
Police spokesman Prishantha Jayakody said an investigation was underway and declined to comment further.
The director of Colombo National Hospital, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, said Faraz is in intensive care and will undergo an operation shortly.
The newspaper has been critical of the government and its outspoken editor Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed four years ago. The Committee to Protect Journalists says Sri Lanka was the fourth most dangerous country for journalists in 2010. More than a dozen journalists have fled the country over the last four years, fearing for their safety and seeking refuge abroad.