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Jaffna court orders further remand for 7 Tamil youths over sword attack

Seven Tamil youths including a key suspect in the Kokkuvil sword attack case will be remanded until 22nd August, the Jaffna Magistrate court has ruled.

Jaffna acting magistrate judge, V. T. Sivalingam, ordered for the seven men to be kept in detention until the 22nd August when they will be subjected to an identity parade.

The seven youths were arrested on Monday by Terrorism Investigation Department officers and were subjected to extensive questioning.

A sword attack on two police constables in Kokkuvil at the end of July sparked a trip to Jaffna by the Sri Lankan Inspector General of Police who called on the military to assist in crackdowns and round-up operations.

Jaffna locals have observed a spike in military searches and checking operations and a significant increase in Special Task Force troops patrolling the streets of Jaffna.