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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2735

Sri Lanka President pays last respects to civilian massacre victims by the Tamil Tigers

By Walter Jayawardhana

Colombo, 21 January, (Asiantribune.com): President Mahinda Rajapaksa paid his last respects, to two brothers who fell victims in the latest civilian massacre by the terrorists of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) who are also known as Tamil Tigers.

The President flew to the Deep South of the country to pay his last respects and console the victim’s family who lost two young members of their family. President Mahinda Rajapakse paid his last respect to two brothers, Ruwan Kumara (18) and Priyantha Kalum ( 24 ) at their residence at Kudagalara in Middeniya on 20th.The two brothers were  killed by LTTE, at Thanamalvila on 17th January (Pix:  Sudath Silva) President Mahinda Rajapakse paid his last respect to two brothers, Ruwan Kumara (18) and Priyantha Kalum ( 24 ) at their residence at Kudagalara in Middeniya on 20th.The two brothers were killed by LTTE, at Thanamalvila on 17th January (Pix: Sudath Silva)

Sri Lankan armed forces said the Tamil Tigers killed ten innocent unarmed civilians by shooting at Thanamalvila, as a tactic to draw the attention of the army away from the military onslaught of the army but their attempt would be futile.

In these pictures by Sudath Silva the President is seen paying his last respects to the two brothers, Ruwan Kumara (18) and Priyantha Kelum (24) at their residence at kudalagara, at Middeniya, January 20, two of the ten Thanamalvila victims, who were shot dead by the Tamil Tigers.

Before the President’s arrival, Sri Lankan government agencies also paid compensation to the victims’ families.

The massacre of ten took place two days after the terrorists ambushed a civilian bus and killed 27 people at Buttala. Thanamalvila and Buttala are two close by towns.

The Tamil Tigers openly practiced massacring of unarmed civilians after entering into a Norway brokered ceasefire agreement that was hailed as the only path to peace in Western countries. Sixty five civilian bus passengers were killed in another ambush two years ago at Kebithigollewa in the country’s North Central Province. The Western brokers of the ceasefire who were supposed to provide a “security net” against these civilian massacres were helpless and virtually did nothing to prevent them.

Meanwhile, Western news agencies try to depict misleadingly that the escalation of violence is due to the abrogation of the Norwegian brokered peace accord that had been violated by the Tamil Tigers more than five thousand times.

- Asian Tribune -

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