Friendly fire kills 3 SLA soldiers

[TamilNet, Monday, 13 September 1999, 18:03 GMT]
Three Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed in the sea by their own colleagues on Jaffna's southeastern coast last night. SLA troops on the Thalaiyadi coast in Vadamaradchi east had mistaken a speed boat coming from the Vettilaikkerni army camp for a Sea Tiger craft and had opened fire.

The soldiers in the boat had no communications equipment to inform the Thalaiyadi SLA camp of their arrival.

The Vettilaikkerni SLA base which is further south of Thalaiyadi on the peninsula's southeastern coast had not communicated that the three soldiers were coming by speed boat.

The SLA detachment at Thalaiyadi and army positions by the beach in the Maruthankerni sector had opened heavy fire on the speed boat and had also shelled the sea in the general direction in which the craft was approaching the shore.

The shelling and firing had started around 8 p.m. last night and had continued until 1 a.m. in the early hours of the morning today.

Sources said that two soldiers in the boat were killed by SLA fire from the coast. Residents said that the third SLA soldier died upon being brought ashore this morning.

One of the numerous flares fired by the SLA towards the sea from the Thalaiyadi camp hit a house on Beach Road in Maruthankerni. The house was completely burnt residents said this afternoon.

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.10.17 21:46  
Unitary constitution imposing choice irrelevant to fundamentals needs rejection by Tamils
20.10.17 07:02  
Jaffna University students boycott classes against manipulative justice of genocidal Sri Lanka
19.10.17 17:11   Photo
Sirisena disappoints student leaders, Cooray humiliates families of hunger-striking prisoners
18.10.17 23:45  
Eastern Provincial Land authority discriminates Tamils
17.10.17 18:46   Photo
Paramilitary operative employed at Cooray's secretariat in Jaffna harasses public servants
16.10.17 07:15   Photo
UN Refugee agency ignorant of stranded Tamil refugees in Indonesia
15.10.17 19:12  
Tamil fisherman rammed by intruding Sinhala fishermens’ boat, fishing disputes escalate in Jaffna
14.10.17 07:34   Photo
Tamil protesters confront Maithiripala Sirisena in Jaffna
13.10.17 17:40   Photo
North at standstill, Sampanthan not to accompany Sirisena to Jaffna
12.10.17 23:35  
SL military postpones land release for 2 years as UN awarded Colombo with 2 more years in Geneva
11.10.17 23:48   Photo
20 Tamil organisations to lay siege to SL Governor's office on Friday
10.10.17 22:05   Photo
SL ‘Manipulative Justice’ exposed once again in Tamil political prisoners’ case: Sivapalan
09.10.17 22:09  
Protests gain momentum as hunger-striking political prisoners’ health deteriorates
08.10.17 23:00   Photo
SL constitutional discourse seen coupled with ‘Vision 2025’ policy of genocidal Sri Lanka
07.10.17 23:21  
Colombo brings Sinhala private partnerships to wage structural genocide in Vanni
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=3923