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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2645

Survivor in the Pottuvil massacre alleges LTTE for the carnage of the Muslim civilians

Colombo, 20 September, (Asiantribune.com): Slaying of the 10 innocent Muslim Civilians is the work of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the separatist Tamil rebel outfit. One survivor in the carnage of Muslim civilians was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Ampara Hospital. He was quoted saying that the killers were clad in shorts and were speaking in Tamil. He was very confident and firm when he said that "they were none other than LTTErs".

"It was gruesome" said the survivor Kareem Nilam Mohideen of Radalla, who is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit of the Ampara hospital.

He was very confident and firm when he said that "they were none other than LTTErs".

The Muslim civilian Kareem Nilam Mohideen of Radalla who was admitted to Ampara hospital on 18 September with injuries and lying unconscious during the Pottuvil incident regained consciousness and disclosed that the assailants conversed in Tamil and were wearing T-shirts and shorts when they massacred the Muslims.

"The group of around twenty LTTE terrorists suddenly started attacking us" the sole survivor and the only eyewitness of the inhumane incident disclosed to the police.

Earlier on the 18 of September, mutilated bodies of 10 Muslim civilians were found in a jungle area near Pottuvil town, 250 kilometers (155 miles) east of Colombo. The men were repairing an irrigation system when they were attacked.

Residents accused the government's special police unit for carrying out the killings, while the government blames separatist Tamil Tiger rebels.

"The people have called for a peaceful protest demanding an impartial inquiry," said Rauff Hakeem, a lawmaker for Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, the main political party representing Muslims.

The government's security spokesman, Keheliya Rambukwella, told reporters that the killings had the "hallmarks" of the rebels, but promised a thorough investigation.

He said the police were being blamed by some people "without concrete evidence."

Keheliya Rambukwella said it was too premature to come to a conclusion on the assassins.

"We believe it is unfair to point fingers before a scientific analysis and investigations are complete," the Minister told reporters at the weekly security briefing yesterday.

"But with our previous experience we can say there is an LTTE involvement," he said. One survivor out of the 11 workers admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Ampara Hospital was quoted as saying the killers were clad in shorts and were speaking in Tamil, the Minister said.

The Minister said a complete statement will be taken from the survivor when he is in a better condition to give evidence.

- Asian Tribune -

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