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An eight-year-old boy was killed when he was struck by a van in Weeraketiya yesterday. Police said the victim had been trying to cross the road when the incident occurred.

The child, who was critically injured, was rushed to the Tangalle Hospital and later transferred to the Matara Hospital for treatment. However, he succumbed to his injuries.

The van driver has been taken into police custody. Weeraketiya Police are investigating.