Lightening kills four Sri Lankan soldiers

April 1st, 2008 - 10:18 pm ICT by admin  

By P. Karunakharan
Colombo, April 1 (IANS) At least four Sri Lankan soldiers were killed and 59 wounded when a lightening struck them when they were undergoing physical training near a military base in the north-central Polonnaruwa district Tuesday evening, military officials here said. “A group of soldiers was engaged in a routine training exercise when a lightening hit them, leaving four soldiers killed and 59 wounded at the Katukaliyawa Army camp in Minneriya Tuesday around 5.30 p.m.,” military spokesman Brig. Udaya Nanayakkara told IANS.

The spokesman said that the wounded soldiers were rushed to the nearby Polonnaruwa base hospital.

“Of the 59 wounded, one soldier is admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU),” he said.

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