Colombo, Jan 31 (Agencies): The office of a popular Sri Lankan news website, run by a journalist who is in exile due to threats against his life, was torched in the wee hours on Monday by some unidentified persons.

" LankaeNews office premises was set ablaze around 2.00 am, when a group of unknown personnels had broken into the premises and set it on fire," the trilingual independent website www.lankaenews.com posted on its main page.

Prageeth Ekneligoda, a journalist and political cartoonist, who worked with the Lankaenews website went missing an year ago.

The website, which has Sinhala, Tamil and English services, last week directed its users to a banner demanding the government to reveal the truth behind his incident to mark one year of his disappearance.

According to media rights organisations, some 17 journalists and media workers have been killed in Sri Lanka in the past decade.