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Tamil Journalist Murdered in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan authorities say a prominent Tamil journalist was found shot dead Friday in Colombo, hours after he was abducted by several attackers as he left a restaurant.

Dharmeratnam Sivaram was a board member of the pro-rebel TamilNet Web site and a columnist for Sri Lanka's english newspaper, the Daily Mirror. Mr. Sivaram's Web site became popular for ongoing reports on the Sri Lankan civil war and was a prominent supporter of the Tamil Tiger rebel movement.

Mr. Sivaram, who was also brutally attacked in 2001, was found near a lake gagged with gunshot wounds to the head. No one claimed responsibility for the killing.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP, Reuters.