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LTTE hartal in Trincomalee

A hartal called by the LTTE disrupted normal life in Trincomalee town yesterday with most Government establishments closed and transport paralysed.

Shops were forced to put up shutters while banks and Tamil schools remained closed following the hartal called by the LTTE to protest the killing of four of its members on Sunday.

However, the Multi-Purpose Market in Trincomalee Town was opened and so were some shops owned by Sinhala traders.

Protesters near Alles Garden on the Trincomalee-Nilaveli Road blocked vehicles by burning tyres on the road. Police later removed the obstructions.

A hand grenade was thrown at a Police truck injuring 13 Police personnel including a Police Inspector and a Sub-Inspector at Trincomalee. It was thrown at the Police truck near the Alles Garden on Trincomalee and Nilaveli Road around 3.15 p.m. yesterday.

Eleven of the injured have been admitted to the Trincomalee Base Hospital while the IP and the SI were treated at the OPD.

The injured Police personnel were on Special duty from the Kantale Police. Meanwhile, a soldier on duty near a transformer on the Trincomalee-Anuradhapura road close to Anuradhapura junction in Trincomalee was shot at around 11.45 am yesterday. The victim was rushed to Trincomalee Hospital.

Police believe the shooting was the LTTE's work.



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