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The fire that erupted at the Salawa Army Camp may have occurred while a fire drill was being carried out in the camp and that may have been the reason for the minimal number of casualties, Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi said.

“A Court of Inquiry has been set up to inquire into the causes. Therefore, I can’t say anything more. Let’s wait till the investigations are over,” he said at a media briefing held at the Defence Ministry Media Centre and added that action would be taken according to military law against those found responsible for any lapses.

The explosion at the armoury of the Salawa Army Camp resulted in a major fire killing one soldier and injuring several others on June 5.

Mr. Hettiarachchi said the safety of the people would be prioritised.

“Those living in the vicinity of the camp will be allowed to return to their homes after making sure that the area is 100 per cent safe. Most of the residents affected by the catastrophe have now returned home," he said.

Mr. Hettiarachchi said the CID and the Army are investigating the cause of the fire and explosions at the Army Camp. (Darshaha Sanjeewa)

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  • Desmond Jeromme Tuesday, 07 June 2016 07:14 PM

    Sir, honestly - this is the work of Joint Opposition leader MR, Gotta, Weerawansa, Gamampilla.... to topple the Govt. they have bribed "Dirana" 3.0 billion, very soon it will come to light. (true information). Weerawansa

    Desmond Jeromme Tuesday, 07 June 2016 07:31 PM

    Arrest W-wansa

    Manik Tuesday, 07 June 2016 07:48 PM

    Shows the incompetency of responsible persons including higher-ups on this tragedy.

    waco Wednesday, 08 June 2016 03:05 PM

    Meya baila kiyanawa.

    Mohan Wednesday, 08 June 2016 05:33 AM

    Yes yes ! Recent floods also created by the past president.

    Sharon Wednesday, 08 June 2016 05:36 AM

    Have a back bone to accept responsibility. Fortunately you were not there during wartime. via DM iOS App

    Jagath Leanage Wednesday, 08 June 2016 06:15 AM

    You learnt lot of lessons during the reason past. So beware to act more cautiously in future.


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