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Former LTTE cadre dies in explosion

A former LTTE cadre who was injured in a reported explosion in Kilinochchi, died whilst receiving treatment at the Anuradhapura Hospital yesterday.

Thangarasa Devadasan, aged 43, died after being injured in a reported explosion on July 3.

He was initially admitted to the Kilinochchi Hospital and later transferred to Anuradhapura.

At least two people, including his wife, have been arrested since.

Sri Lankan police accuse the arrested of being involved in the explosion and of possessing an allegedly home-made banner to mark Black Tigers Day.

The latest arrest comes after Sri Lankan security forces have increased their targeting of Tamils in the North-East. Last week, more than 20 Tamils were arrested, including a child, on charges of attempting to “regroup the LTTE”. The military crackdown comes amidst an increased military presence which includes several checkpoints in the region.

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