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Sri Lankan soldier kills two colleagues, self

A soldier in a major Sri Lanka Army camp in the Jaffna peninsula killed two of his colleagues before taking his own life. This is the second such instance in the recent past.

The Army said that the incident occurred on Thursday night near the Chaavakachcheari camp, a major base along the arterial A-9 highway that connects Jaffna with the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

“The three soldiers were returning back after a routine patrol last night. They had taken a break near the Murugan temple about 200 metres from the camp. It seems there was an argument and one soldier killed the two others before shooting himself,” the Jaffna Security Forces Commander Mahinda Hathurusinghe told The Hindu. Of the dead, two were Privates, and one, a Corporal.

Asked what measures the Army had taken in the light of such incidents, Gen.Hathurusinghe said that he and his people were constantly talking to the personnel about various issues that they were likely to confront in peace situations. Besides, regular counselling was also being organised with the help of clinical psychologists, and psychiatric evaluations of personnel was also being carried out.

The police have registered a case. The Army has constituted a Court of Inquiry.


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