Sri Lanka lightening strike kills four soldiers killed, 56 wounded: police

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April 1, 2008 (AFP) – At least four men were killed and another 56 injured Tuesday when lightening struck a military training facility in eastern Sri Lanka, police said. The victims were on a training exercise when they were struck in the district of Polonnaruwa, 216 kilometres (135 miles) east of here by road, police said.

Sri Lankan troops are locked in combat with Tamil separatists in the island’s embattled northeast.

Thousands in total are said to have been killed in fighting this year as the government pulled out of a Norwegian-arrange truce between the two sides. .