One civilian dead, five injured in Jaffna claymore blast

[TamilNet, Thursday, 16 November 2006, 18:42 GMT]
Unidentified persons triggered a claymore device Thursday around 12:00 noon killing one civilian and seriously injuring five others at Sathirachanthy near K.K.S Road-Powerhouse road junction in the heart of Jaffna town, Jaffna sources said. The dead man succumbed to his wounds while being rushed to Jaffna Teaching hospital, hospital sources said.

The dead man was identified as Kanapathy Viswananthan, 74, of Velani west.

The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) said that one of their vehicles had been the target of the bomb. A destroyed SLA pick-up was found at the site of the blast, Jaffna sources said,

The SLA and the police conducted an intensive cordon off and search around the area for more than three hours but no one was arrested.

People fled in fear from the area of busy commerical activity while traders closed their shops in haste leaving the town empty for nearly three hours.

 

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