Relatives identify body of killed civilian
[TamilNet, Monday, 21 June 1999, 03:50 GMT]
Two Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed and another was wounded in a confrontation with the Liberation Tigers near Santhiveli SLA camp, 27 km. north of Batticaloa, around 8.30 p.m. yesterday, said army sources.
The fighting erupted when SLA soldiers attacked a group of Liberation Tigers, the sources said.
The wounded soldier has been admitted at the Batticaloa hospital the sources said.
The Sri Lankan Army said that an LTTE member was also killed in the confrontation. A body was exhibited for the benefit of the local residents at the SLA camp today.
Meanwhile residents said that a youth, Kanapathy Yogan,18, was killed in crossfire last night.
He was returning home with his family after attending a funeral, according to residents.
They said his relatives went to the SLA camp and identified the body.
The army has refused to let the relatives take the youth's body.