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Unidentified gunmen kill 1, wound 13 other workers campaigning for Sri Lankan candidate

  • A Sri Lankan police officer inspects the site of an attack in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 31, 2015. Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday in the first major political violence before the parliamentary elections scheduled on Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    A Sri Lankan police officer inspects the site of an attack in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 31, 2015. Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday in the first major political violence before the parliamentary elections scheduled on Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Sri Lankan police officer inspects the site of an attack in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 31, 2015. Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday in the first major political violence before the parliamentary elections scheduled on Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    A Sri Lankan police officer inspects the site of an attack in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 31, 2015. Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday in the first major political violence before the parliamentary elections scheduled on Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

  • A Sri Lankan police officer stands guard near a victim injured in an attack, at a hospital in Colombo in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 31, 2015. Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday in the first major political violence before the parliamentary elections scheduled on Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

    A Sri Lankan police officer stands guard near a victim injured in an attack, at a hospital in Colombo in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 31, 2015. Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday in the first major political violence before the parliamentary elections scheduled on Aug. 17. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)  (The Associated Press)

Unidentified gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday, killing one and wounding 13, police and hospital officials said, in the first major political violence before the parliamentary election.

The workers were campaigning for Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake of the United National Party.

Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara says the gunmen shot at the campaign workers from a vehicle and fled the scene. He said police investigations are underway to arrest the culprits.

Colombo National Hospital director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said one woman was brought dead to the hospital and 13 people are being treated for gunshot wounds.

Sri Lanka's parliamentary election will be held Aug. 17. The election process has been largely peaceful.