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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2643

LTTE massacre innocent civilians in Thanamalwila

Sunil C. Perera , and Ruwan Weerakoon , Reporting from Colombo

Colombo, 18 January, ( A group of LTTE terrorists have carried out an attack at the civilians at Kalawalgala, a remote village in the Thanamalwila area located in the Uva province, around 10 PM, last night. According to the available information 9 innocent civilians have been butchered during the night raid carried out by the terrorists.

Initially, it was reported only three civilians were killed and another three suffered injuries when the terrorists opened fire at the civilians in the village. However, latest reports indicate that those civilians were assisting the civil defence force's personnel after having alerted by the terrorists' presence. It is now believed that the terrorists had been murdering civilians after forcibly taking them into a jungle patch before the villagers became suspicious.

Troops engaged in search operations have found the other 6 bodies this morning. According to defence sources, the terrorists have laid anti personnel mines in the area in order to slow down the army pursuit.

- Asian Tribune -

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