SLA soldier injured in grenade attack in Kommathurai
[TamilNet, Wednesday, 15 November 2006, 00:11 GMT]
A Sri Lankan Army (SLA) soldier was injured when two unidentified persons came in a motorbike threw a hand grenade at the group of soldiers on guard duty at Uma Mill junction, Kommathura, in Eravur Police division in Batticaloa district around 4:30 pm Tuesday.
The injured trooper, Soosai Ariyathasa, 35, was one of a group of soldiers stationed along the Batticaloa- Polannaruwa road to provide protection for the military convey that brings soldiers returning from leave.
SLA soldiers fired indiscriminately following the attack, conducted a search operation and beat civilian passersby.
Though local residents said the SLA soldiers arrested five youths, the SLA neither confirmed the arrests, nor handed over anybody to the Police.
The incident occurred 500 meters from the main Chenkalady Army Camp located 18 km north of Batticaloa.