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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2791

Muttur Muslims defy LTTE

By our Colombo Correspondent

Colombo, 01 June, (Asiantribune.com):The Muslim community in Muttur defied the LTTE by disregarding the death threats issued by the militants. Tamil Tigers have distributed leaflets in Muttur area demanding the Muslim community to vacate the area within 72 hours of the notice which was issued on May 28.

Government officials and the military said that the Muslims leaders in the area organized a rally yesterday to urge the people not to succumb to the LTTE threat. Hence the LTTE demand was completely ignored by the Muslims in the area who continued to live their normal life.

However, they adopted a practice of gathering at selected community centres in the late evenings to ensure their collective safety and disperse in the following morning. This practice was misrepresented by some media reporting that Muslim families were leaving the area under the LTTE threat. Only a handful of people in Sakkalivadiya in Trincomalee had vacated their homes.

Meanwhile the military has exposed another canard of the LTTE. The Sri Lanka Army categorically denied the story in pro-LTTE ‘TamilNet’ website datelined May 31, 2006 that the military suffered setbacks and casualties in a clash at Nagarkovil. The actual position regarding the firing incident at Nagarkovil Forward Defence Line (FDL) has been distorted in the TamilNet story.

Military said that the LTTE terrorists early this morning (31) started firing mortars and small arms towards the troops at the FDL at Nagarkovil, Jaffna forcing government troops to retaliate with small arms and mortars. The terrorists firing lasted for about 45 minutes and terrorists in the opposite FDL retreated in the face of retaliatory fire directed by the Security Forces.

Troops maintained their original position at the FDL and did not retreat. The military did not suffer any casualties in the enemy firing.

- Asian Tribune -

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