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Suspected ‘Awa’ member killed in clash with police in Jaffna

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One person was killed when police opened fire at suspected members of the ‘Awa’ group who had attempted to attack several police officers in Manipai, Jaffna, on Saturday (20 July).

The Police Media Division told RepublicNext that five other members of the criminal gang, which has been linked to multiple incidents of violence and crimes in the Northern Province, fled the scene after the clash with the police.

The deceased is a 22-year-old from the Kodikaman area.

Three swords and a motorcycle the fleeing suspects had left behind were taken into custody, Police said.