Paramilitary ambushed in Polannaruwa, one killed

[TamilNet, Sunday, 20 February 2005, 13:25 GMT]
A paramilitary cadre was killed and another wounded when gunmen ambushed them near the Batticaloa-Polannaruwa district border Sunday around 11.45 a.m. Sri Lanka Police in Welikanda said. The two men, both cadres of the Karuna Group, were traveling on a motorbike from Karapola to Muththukkal, villages in the interior of Polannaruwa District, about 65 kilometres northwest of Batticaloa, when they were ambushed. The injured cadre identified as Mr. Vinayagamoorthy Jeganathan (Suthaharan) was admitted to Polannaruwa Base Hospital.

Welikanda Police said the attackers were suspected to be LTTE troops.

However, LTTE officials in Batticaloa said they had no information on the matter.

The dead man was identified as Villiasingham Manoharan, 26.

Police said the injured paramilitary cadre had lobbed a grenade at the attackers.

Police said that the ambush party had got away from the area.


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