Two people have been admitted to the Vavuniya hospital after being shot by the Sri Lankan Army in Omanthai. The incident took place at around 4am on Wednesday.
According to the army, armed troops intercepted a vehicle carrying illegal timber from the forest area in Omanthai Semadu. They claim that the gun was fired while trying to prevent the vehicle from escaping from Paranattankal.
Prasad, 39, and Saivan, 29, from Semamadu were admitted to the Vavuniya hospital with injuries.
The seized timber alongside the vehicle in question is parked at the Omanthai police station whilst police are conducting further investigation into the matter.