Ten loggers arrested
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 29 December 1998, 16:36 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) took into custody seven bullock carts and ten loggers coming from the western hinterland of Batticaloa behind the village of Siththaandy in the early hours of the morning today.
The SLA troops had gone from the Maavadivembu detachment, about 24 kilometers north of Batticaloa, to lie in ambush in the fields behind the adjacent village of Siththaandy for units of the Liberation Tigers that sometimes cross over at this point from the hinterland which is under their control.
Instead the loggers walked into the ambush. The timber was confiscated by the army.
One of the loggers' bullock was killed by the SLA and its meat was taken to the camp for cooking.
The SLA claims that the loggers work for the LTTE.