Civilians assaulted following lethal blast

[TamilNet, Thursday, 01 July 1999, 18:17 GMT]
Several people had to be hospitalised after Sri Lanka Army (SLA) troops severely assaulted civilians in Nunavil on the Jaffna-Chavakachcheri (Kandy) road, in retaliation for the deaths of 3 SLA soldiers in a claymore mine blast today.

Five civilians have been admitted to Jaffna hospital and several others to Chavakachcheri hospital said sources.

The 3 SLA soldiers were killed and two others were wounded this morning around 10 a.m. when the vehicle in which they were travelling, an army transport bus, was hit by a claymore mine triggered by the Liberation Tigers.

The Kandy road was closed to traffic following the attack.

Three soldiers were killed yesterday by another claymore blasted by the Liberation Tigers in Varani, in the Vadamaradchi division of the Jaffna peninsula.


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