Bomb attack kills SLA soldier in Jaffna, civilian wounded in retaliation fire

[TamilNet, Saturday, 24 March 2007, 07:34 GMT]
Unidentified attackers lobbed a powerful hand bomb into a Sri Lanka Army checkpost located near the SLA 51-2 Brigade Command in Jaffna city Saturday killing a SLA soldier and wounding four around 10:45 a.m. A civilian was wounded when SLA soldiers opened fire after the attack on the checkpost located along Navalar Road near the railway cross.

The wounded civilian was identified as Balasubramaniam Gajarooban, 21, of Thirunelvaeli.

The attackers had escaped from the site after throwing the bomb, which is believed to be a powerful hand grenade, police sources in the city said.

Meanwhile, military officials in Colombo have claimed that the attack was carried out by a "suicide bomber," on a SLA road block.

 

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