Youth dies in army fire
[TamilNet, Friday, 18 September 1998, 10:04 GMT]
The SLA shot dead an unidentified youth this morning around 11.45 a.m. in the environs of Valaichenai, 32 miles north of Batticaloa.
Sources said that the boy was walking towards the Kattumurivu bridge with another youth when an SLA patrol in the area opened fire on them.
The boy died on the spot and his companion was taken away by the army said sources in the area.
The Kattumurivu bridge is north of Valaichenai, across the estuary of the lagoon, in the Myilankarachchi area which is not directly under the control of the SLA.
The body of the youth was handed over to the Valaichenai hospital by the army. The other youth is in SLA custody.
Sources said that the two boys are civilians from the Myilankarachchi village.