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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2994

Murder of 12 Sinhalese in the East incites fresh fears in the minds of vulnerable Muslims

By Munza Mushtaq – Reporting from Colombo for Asian Tribune

Colombo, 01 June, ( The killing of 12 Sinhalese civilians in the East has incited fresh fears in the minds of Muslim civilians in Muttur who have been asked to leave their villages, in what appeared to be yet another round of
ethnic cleansing instigated by the LTTE.

"There have been reports that already a small number of Muslim families living in villages of Muttur in the Trincomalee District have left their villagers in search of refuge. However, the majority of the Muslims do not wish to leave their villages," sources said.

Meanwhile, a meeting between Trincomalee district Muslim leaders and the LTTE's Trincomalee district political leader S. Elilan was set to take place yesterday evening at 4, to discuss matters pertaining to the warning reportedly sent by an LTTE auxiliary force.

Although stringent security measures have been placed in the Muttur area, the Muslim civilians who still have not left their homes despite the warning are worried that if the LTTE could kill 12 Sinhalese who are the majority community in this country, then it wont take them much effort to murder minority civilians such as Muslims, sources from the East told the “Asian Tribune.”

- Asian Tribune -

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