Freak Day

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

The freak accident occurred during a jungle training exercise at Maduru Oya in eastern Sri Lanka Tuesday, officials said. rn

rn They said one of the soldiers tripped and fell and his gun went off killing a colleague who was ahead of him. The sound of gunfire stopped the elephants charge. (AFP)rn
An elite Sri Lankan special forces commando accidentally shot dead a colleague as he escaped charging wild elephants, military officials said Wednesday.