SLA soldier killed during bomb clearing operation

[TamilNet, Sunday, 02 September 2007, 16:54 GMT]
A Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldier searching for explosives in Pulipaaynthakal, Kiraan, Vaazhaichcheanai police division in Batticaloa district was killed Sunday at 12:30 p.m when a hidden land mine exploded, Vaazhaichchenai police said.

The victim has been identified as Mahinda Ratnayake, 30, from Matale in Kalewella police division.

Ratnayake was admitted to Vaazhaichcheanai hospital with severe injuries, and he succumbed to his injuries after being admitted, hospital sources said.

Pulipaaynthakal is located 26km north west of Batticaloa.


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