Grenade attack on STF's Buffel vehicle in Kalmunai

[TamilNet, Friday, 20 January 2006, 18:02 GMT]
Unknown men riding in a motorbike hurled grenades at a Special Task Force's (STF's) Buffel armoured vehicle Friday night 6.30 p.m. at Pandiruppu in Kalmunai, Kalmunai police said.

The incident took place while the STF was on road patrol in the vehicle near Arasady Amman kovil in Pandiruppu, sources said.

The vehicle sustained damages to the frame but no none was injured, according to police. STF soldiers fired at random after the grenade exploded. No details are available on any injuries to civilians.

Kalmunai is located 39 km south of Batticaloa.

The Buffel (Afrikaans for Buffalo) APC vehicles were deployed by the then Apartheid South African regime to quell uprisings and to break up the protests. The Black South Africans gave the vehicle a slang term: Sarcens.


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