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Claymore blast kills STF soldier, police officer

[TamilNet, Sunday, 22 June 2008, 09:00 GMT]
A Special Task Force (STF) elite soldier and a police officer were killed in a claymore blast at Ka'luthaava'lai, in the Ka’luvaangchchikudi police division, 22 km, south of Batticaloa around 7:45 a.m., Sunday. Attacks on police, STF and paramilitary personnel have escalated in Batticaloa.

The blast occurred when the STF commandos and police personnel who were on a routine patrol were checking a bicycle parked on the road side.

The STF commando killed was identified as M.W. Sumith Bandara, 35, and K. Kularatne, 26, was the policeman killed.

A civilian passenger, S.Seenithamby, 68, was injured in the blast, according to police and hospital sources in Batticaloa.

The STF personnel stopped all vehicular traffic on the Batticaloa - Kalmunai road till noon and conducted a house-to-house search operation in the area.


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