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SLA shoots dead two youths, civilian killed in Araly

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 07 November 2006, 11:13 GMT]
Sri Lanka Army (SLA) soldiers shot dead two youths in Thirunelveli area in Jaffna at 8:30 p.m. Monday, sources in Jaffna said. SLA alleged that the youths were cadres of Liberation Tigers and that they recovered weapons from the youths. Meanwhile, a civilian was shot dead in Araly at 5:30 p.m. Monday by unknown gunmen.

Thirunevely residents said they heard gunfire and grenade explosions behind Palay Road, near Kaali Kovil (Temple) Monday evening.

Area around the Temple was cordoned off and searched by the SLA troopers following the gunfire, and several heavy military vehicles were observed in the area, local residents added.

Bodies of two youths were taken to the Jaffna Teaching Hospital as directed by Jaffna Magistrate at 11:00 p.m. for identification. No one has yet claimed the bodies, according to hospital sources.

Meanwhile, Mathiyaparanam Nimalchandran, 38, was shot dead by unknown gunmen who arrived at his home in motorbikes at Monday afternoon.

His body has been taken to Jaffna Hospital for postmortem examinations. Motive for his killing is unknown



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