Jaffna: Three Sri Lankan soldiers shot dead

Three Sri Lankan soldiers have been shot dead in the Tamil-majority northern Jaffna peninsula`s Chavakachcheri town on Friday.

Updated: Mar 09, 2012, 12:40 PM IST

Colombo: Three Sri Lankan soldiers have been
shot dead in the Tamil-majority northern Jaffna peninsula`s
Chavakachcheri town, military said on Friday.

The three were shot dead at a military sentry point near
a Hindu temple last night, military spokesman Brigadier Nihal
Hapuarachchi said.

The initial investigations had revealed that a soldier
had gone berserk killing two colleagues before turning the gun
on himself, Hapuarachchi said.

A private dispute is suspected to be the cause for the
firing.

Jaffna was once a stronghold of Tamil Tigers, which
fought with Sri Lankan forces for years for a separate Tamil
state. The entire leadership of the group was elimintaed in
2009 by Sri Lankan forces.

PTI