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Sri Lankan soldier arrested for kidnap and sexual abuse of Tamil schoolgirl

A Sri Lankan army soldier has been arrested on Wednesday over the kidnap and sexual abuse of a Tamil schoolgirl in Jaffna, two weeks after her disappearance.

The parents of the 16 year old girl had reported her as missing two weeks ago, when they registered her disappearance with Chavakachcheri police.

After the police launched search operations, the girl was eventually found held at a home belonging to a Sri Lankan soldier in Maravanpulavu. Police report that she had been sexually abused.

The soldier, identified as 27 year old Sivarasa Sivathas, was serving at the Sri Lankan military camp based at KKS, in the northern peninsula.

The village was also the scene of the discovery of explosives on Tuesday evening, and has seen the increased presence of security forces. 

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