Johnny mines injure three (Sri Lanka)

Two Wild Life Department officers and an army commando, who were engaged in a search operation in the Yala Wild Life Park, were injured last evening by anti personnel mines laid by the LTTE.


A senior military official told the Daily Mirror that, at around 5.30 pm, a group of soldiers and Wild Life Dept. officials had stepped on mines near the Thalgasmankada area, where the Tigers attacked and killed six soldiers two days ago.
The official also claimed that the LTTE cadres set fire to the Thalgasmankada Wild Life office on the previous night, completely destroying the equipment inside the office.
Search operations are underway to track down the LTTE cadres who attacked the Thalgasmankada army detachment and exploded a pressure mine targeting a tractor carrying soldiers.
Meanwhile, Environment Minister Champika Ranawaka said that action would be taken to open the sanctuary within a few weeks. He said that LTTE cadres, who were fleeing from the eastern region, could not disturb the functioning of the sanctuary.
"This attack was an attempt to divert the attention of the victorious army," the minister said. He added that he had personally visited the sanctuary and instructed the Wild Life officers to carry out their renovations of the park, as usual, without fear.

Von: By Sunil Jayasiri

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