Firefight in Vadamaradchy East SLA checkpoint
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 March 2006, 11:43 GMT]
Unknown gunmen fired at a Sri Lanka Army (SLA) sentry point in Aarangkattai in Vadamaradchy east at noon Wednesday, sources in Point Pedro said. SLA troopers returned fire but the gunmen escaped from their positions inside the adjoining casuarina forest, sources added. The SLA 52-4 Brigade said that no SLA soldiers were injured in the attack.
SLA soldiers and Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) troopers have detained more than fifty laborers who were hauling sand in that area until evening for interrogation, sources said. SLA troopers have also detained vehicles that had come to haul sand, residents said.
The checkpoint served as the location where civilians travelling to Potpathi, Kudathanai, and Manatakadu areas were registered by the SLA.
Tension prevails in Vadamaradchy east.
Aarangkattai is located on Nagarkovil road between Manatkaadu and Kudathanai junction in Vadamaradchy east.