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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Army denies hand in Trincomalee incident

[b]Army denies hand in Trincomalee incident[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 04 January, ( [/b]The Sri Lanka Army today vehemently denied any involvement in the Trincomalee incident where five youth were killed and another two injured.

The denial comes following allegations by the LTTE and the Tamil National Alliance which claimed that the students were killed by the forces.

Despite initial investigations stating that the youth died following the blowing up of a hand grenade, subsequent inquiries including the post mortem revealed bullets in some of the victims, indicating that someone had shot them and then possibly thrown a hand grenade at the group who were reportedly working for the LTTE.

Army Spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe told the Asian Tribune, "I can definitely tell you that the Army had absolutely nothing to do in this Trincomalee incident."

He also noted that President Mahinda Rajapakse had instructed Inspector General of Police Chandra de Silva to carry out a thorough investigation and hand him a report as soon as possible.

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