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 Post subject: New brigade to guarantee Colombo safety
 Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 9:14 pm 
Sri Lanka to set up new brigade to guarantee Colombo safety

@ Xinhua / 21 July 2006

Sri Lankan army will set up a new military brigade to guarantee the security within the capital Colombo, a top defense official said here Wednesday.

Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe, the military spokesman, said the 1,000 strong new volunteer force will be deployed to handle the security affairs in Colombo.

"We have already recruited 251 of them and the work is currently underway toward the setting up of the forces", Samarasinghe told reporters.

The defense establishment has taken the security of the capital seriously ever since the present wave of violence involved with the Tamil Tiger rebels escalated since the end of 2005.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels have been blamed for at least two major attacks in Colombo.

The April 25 assassination attempt of the Army Commander Lt Gen Sarath Fonseka using an LTTE trademark female suicide bomber and the June 26 murder of the Army's number 3, Maj Gen Parami Kulatunga.

Another LTTE suicide bomber riding a motor cycle rammed in to Kulatunga's motorcade killing him on the spot. The volatile security situation has also resulted in bomb hoaxes almost on a daily basis.

Key government offices get evacuated resulting in hoax calls and the defense authorities have urged the public to alert them on all suspicious movements and people.

Several security road blocks have returned to the city for the first time since the February 2002 ceasefire accord with the Tiger rebels.


Source: Xinhua


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