Mines wound four

[TamilNet, Sunday, 16 June 2002, 02:11 GMT]
Three children and a man were injured in three separate incidents in Jaffna recently after triggering landmines. Of the three children, one boy has lost sight in one eye while another lost all ten of his fingers, sources said.

All three victims were under fifteen years old. There have been a spate of incidents recently with children who have resettled in Jaffna following the ceasefire accord have been injured in a similar way.

Meanwhile, in Katkovalam, near Point Pedro, Mr. V. Kulaveerasingam (43), a family man, was severely injured Wednesday evening when a mine buried the front yard of his home exploded.

He was taken to the Valvettithurai base hospital and later to the Jaffna Teaching hospital for additional surgery. Because the family had lived in the house for a long time, none expected a mine in their own front yard, residents said.


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