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Wildlife Dept. officer dies in clash with hunter

An officer attached to the Wildlife Department died in a clash with hunters, this morning.

The Wildlife Department said the shooting occurred in Walsapugala, Hambantota.

The officers were on a sting operation to nab hunters poaching wild meat to tourists, in the early hours of this morning, when the incident occurred.

One hunter was captured but the other made his escape. The Wildlife officer was gunned down by the hunter while giving chase.

All-Island Wildlife Officers' Association Chairman Chaminda Priyalal Attanayake said the current situation posed danger to the lives of Wildlife officers.