05/11/2012 04:26 EDT | Updated 07/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Montreal man killed in northern Sri Lanka

CBC News has confirmed that Montreal resident Andrew Mahendrarajah Antonipillai was killed in Sri Lanka after he went to reclaim property lost during the country's civil war.

A close friend of the West Island resident told CBC that Mahendrarajah, a Tamil, was killed last week during his recent trip to the South Asian country.

In an email statement, Foreign Affairs said Canadian officials are working with Sri Lankan authorities "to gather additional information" about the case.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of a Canadian citizen who is believed to have been murdered in Sri Lanka," said Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Patricia Low-Bédard.

The BBC is reporting that Mahendrarajah was apparently killed by a group of men near Kilinochchi in northern Sri Lanka.

The town was for many years considered the headquarters for the Tamil Tigers, but it is now controlled by the Sri Lankan army.

The BBC said the Canadian High Commission has sent a note to the Sri Lankan government asking for a full investigation.

The Sri Lankan army defeated separatist fighters in 2009.