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Army denials of death reports provoke parliamentary protests

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According to the Sri Lanka Army, two soldiers were brutally assaulted by protesters during the demonstration near the Parliament at Polduwa Junction in Battaramulla last night.

Brigadier Nilantha Premaratne, a spokesman for Army Media, stated that the protesters had also taken two automatic T-56 assault rifles and ammunition from the possession of two soldiers.

“The soldiers had been attacked with iron and wooden poles, sustaining injuries to their heads and faces.” They are presently receiving treatment in the hospital,” he stated.

Additionally, Brigadier Nilantha Premaratne urged the public to be vigilant because violence can be spread through the use of stolen weapons.

The Army Media spokesman refuted rumors circulating on social media that a police officer and an army soldier sustained fatal injuries during yesterday’s protest near the Parliament and died as a result.

According to him, the injured officers were initially in critical condition but are now stable and undergoing treatment at a hospital.

Brigadier Nilantha Premaratne added that no security personnel was killed in the incident that was reported yesterday evening near the Parliament.

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