A special investigation has been launched into the tragedy where three soldiers were killed and twelve injured in an accidental discharge of a soldier’s automatic weapon at the Army’s Volunteer Force training camp in Lindawewa, Nochchiyagama yesterday, the military said.Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said this tragic incident took place during a training session, where more than 200 army personnel were participating.
“When some 200 army recruits were watching a military demonstration, suddenly a personal weapon went off killing the three soldiers and injuring 12.
According to the spokesman, trainee soldiers rehearsing eventualities at a mock road barrier, put up outside the camp perimeter were being provided with security by other soldiers when some of the trainee soldiers accidentally converged on a few armed soldiers as part of their exercise.
Initial investigations said the congestion practice caused by the soldiers under training had caused the weapon of a soldier trigger unexpectedly.
Brigadier Nanayakkara said the injured soldiers were rushed to the nearby Nochchiyagama hospital and later transferred to the Anuradhapura Hospital.