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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2642

Wilpattu Tragedy: Victim remains handed over to families

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo 30 May, (Asiantribune.com): The remains of the seven victims who died on Saturday while touring the Wilpattu National Park has been handed over to their respective families.

Three LTTE laid landmines connected together saw a sad end to the lives of six local tourists including a famous local author, and their tour guide. The luxury vehicle carrying the tourists was seen in pieces scattered in many parts of the park, while body pieces of the victims were strewn everywhere.

The Asian Tribune learns that the remains were handed over in sealed coffins to the victims' relatives.

The group was reportedly identified as Darrel Perera, Nihal de Silva - author of 'The Road from Elephant Pass', Nandana Abeysuriya, Condista Abeysuriya, Chandhi Asirvathan, Anula Asirvathan and their guide Anura Dissanayake.

Meanwhile, a senior Government Minister has assured that despite Saturday's incident, authorities will not close the park.

The park which was closed down for public in 1989 due to the volatile security situation in the country at the time was reopened in 2002 after the Ceasefire Agreement was signed in February that same year.

However 'unconfirmed' LTTE activities within the park have been reported since the park's reopening.

- Asian Tribune -

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