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SL army open fire at Lankan Tamils, one killed

[Express Buzz, Saturday, 5 December 2009 11:01 No Comment]

Sri Lankan soldiers shooting at a group of people planning to illegally migrate to Australia killed a young man Saturday on an eastern beach, the military said

Military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara said the army did not kill the man intentionally but he got shot while trying to grab a weapon from a soldier.

Christian Sulojini said that her 22-year-old son was among a group of about 30 planning to take on the illegal voyage from a beach in eastern Santhiveli village when the army intercepted them early Saturday.

She said soldiers opened fire when the group tried to flee.

Hundreds of Sri Lankans leave by boat each year looking for jobs in more prosperous countries. More than 250 Sri Lankans are now being held in Indonesia after being intercepted in recent months trying to get to Australia.

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