With the death toll in the claymore mine attack on the military in Jaffna on Tuesday increasing to 12, Army Commander Sarath Fonseka yesterday visited the Jaffna peninsula to study at first hand the security situation in the area.
Military sources said the Army Chief visited several areas and also held talks with senior and junior commanding officers. Army Headquarters said the twelfth victim of the claymore mine explosion in Nelliyadi in Jaffna succumbed to his injuries at the Colombo National Hospital on Tuesday night. He was identified as R.M.U. Ratnayake of Badulla.
The names of the other victims are Sergeant K. Premasiri, Corporal W. Dhanapriyawansa, Corporal B.L.U. Nandana, Lance Corporal K.M.A. Pushpakuamara, Lance Corporal D.M. Dissanayake, Privates Liyanage, K.A.R. Fernando, Wegamatale, J. Gamini, J.M.C. Sandanayake and L.A.Jayaratne.