A Sri Lankan soldier stationed in the North murdered a Jaffna University student during a busy afternoon at the Pannai public beach earlier today.
The victim was reportedly a Sinhalese woman who was a medical student at the university. Initial reports suggest that she was in a relationship with the soldier, who was stationed at Paranthan.
Tens of thousands of Sri Lankan troops are stationed across the heavily militarised Tamil North-East.
After the murder, the soldier attempted to flee, but locals managed to detain him until Sri Lankan police arrived at the scene. He is currently being detained at Jaffna police station as further investigations are being conducted.
More to follow.