In this Saturday, March 28, 2015 photo, Sri Lankan workers carry the body of the Priyantha Sirisena, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's youngest brother, to a funeral parlor in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sirisena, 42, died in a private hospital in Colombo on Saturday after he was attacked with an axe in what authorities said was a personal dispute. Unlike his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, whose brothers and other family members held top government positions, Sirisena has kept his family out of politics and has not given them state protection. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
(The Associated Press)
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's youngest brother has died two days after he was attacked with an axe in what authorities say was a personal dispute.
According to a government statement, 42-year-old Priyantha Sirisena died in a private hospital in Colombo on Saturday. He was airlifted there from his hometown of Polonnaruwa in North-Central province following the attack on Thursday.
The attacker has surrendered to police. The statement did not say what the dispute was about.
Sirisena was in China on a four-day official visit when the attack took place.