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Killings continue in NE

June 6, 2006

By Sunil Jayasiri
Hours after both the government and the LTTE delegations left for talks in Oslo, suspected Tigers yesterday carried out two attacks against the military resulting in the deaths of at least one soldier and two LTTE cadres.

Military Spokesman Prasad Samarasinghe said a group of suspected LTTE men opened fire at soldiers, who were manning an Observation Point at Nanattan in Mannar killing a soldier on the spot.

In the second incident, three LTTE cadres had exploded an Improvised Explosive Device targetting army personnel engaged in mine-clearing operation duty around 4 pm yesterday at Kalmadu on the Kumburumull-Valachchenai road. The spokesman said security forces personnel who escaped unhurt had to retaliate after the device laid on the roadside went off before they reached the location. He said after a search operation the bodies of the two LTTE cadres were found along with a 9 mm pistol and a remote control device in their possession.

In another incident, the bullet riddled body of an unidentified person was found on Sunday night at Navakkudah, Batticaloa. The victim’s hands had been bound before he was shot dead. Brigadier Samarasinghe said the SLMM had been informed of the incidents.

Meanwhile, on Saturday evening, at least eight Wanni cadres were believed to be killed, after the Karuna faction ambushed two tractors carrying LTTE members in an uncleared area in Perarai in Trincomalee.

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