Landmines explode in 3 Vanni school surroundings

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 03 August 2010, 04:09 GMT]
Three landmines went off Sunday morning in the surroundings of schools in three separate schools in Ki’linochchi district in Vanni where uprooted families were resettled in Vanni on Sri Lanka Army (SLA) assurance that the areas had been completely de-mined. The landmines exploded when students set fire to waste heaped after cleaning the surrounding area of their schools, sources in Ki’linochchi said.

The students were engaged in cleaning their school surroundings as a part of the Dengue Fever Awareness Week launched by Sri Lanka government.

The blasts occurred in Tharmapuram government school around 10:30 a.m, at Tharmangkea’ni school at 10:00 a:m and in another school at 8:00 a.m, Sunday.

Students and parents in resettled areas in Vanni are in fear of the danger of landmines still remaining without being removed.


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