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3 SLA troops killed, 4 injured in Batticaloa claymore attack

[TamilNet, Monday, 23 January 2006, 02:43 GMT]
Three Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers were killed and four soldiers injured in a claymore mine attack on an SLA foot patrol in Urani, along Batticaloa-Valaichenai road Monday morning at 7.45 a.m., security sources in Batticaloa said. One of those killed and one injured were Razeek group cadres, medical sources said.

The attack targetted a road clearing SLA patrol group which included paramiliatary cadres from Razeek group, Police soures said.

Names of those Killed are:
  • Upul Chandana
  • Tennekoon
  • Kulenthirakumar(Razeek)

Injured are:
  • Gamini
  • Thevarajah (Razeek)
  • Two army minors injured, names not known

The remotely triggered Claymore mine was fitted to a tree, initial investigations revealed, according to police.

Traffic along Batticaloa- Valaichenai highway was suspended as Security forces conducted cordon and search operations surrounding Urani area.

Urani is located on Batticaloa-Valaichenai highway 2 km north of Batticaloa town.


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