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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 74

Muslims fleeing after LTTE threats: Panic in Thoppur........

[b]Muslims fleeing after LTTE threats: Panic in Thoppur and Kalmunai[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 02 January, ([/b]Panic has set in the East with the LTTE apparently ordering another round of ethnic cleansing of Muslims from certain areas of Thoppur and Kalmunai.

Several thousand Muslims in these areas have began taking refuge in schools and mosques fearing a threat to their lives from LTTE cadres.

LTTE cadres are reported to have threatened some of these Muslim civilians with death if they do not vacate their houses immediately. "They want the Muslims out of Thoppur in Trincomalee and have it all to themselves so that they can carry out their activities on a larger and more violent scale," sources said.

As these families have no where to go, they are taking refuge in schools and mosques. "They leave their homes at 4 p.m. and stay the night at public places, because they are afraid to sleep in their villages in fear of being attacked by Tiger cadres," sources noted.

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