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 Post subject: Three young Tamil women arrested - Photos added
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 4:37 am 
Police in Sri Lanka arrest 3 suspected female rebels at hospital

Sri Lankan police arrested three young women who were injured in a military airstrike in Jaffna. The three - age 18, 19 and 20 - were brought from northern Mullaitivu to a hospital in central Sri Lanka on Aug. 18. The bombing has been bitterly disputed while the government claimed the camp was a weapons-training base but the rebels said it was an orphanage.

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) - Sri Lankan police said Friday they have arrested three young women who were injured in a military airstrike on a camp the government says was used by Tamil Tiger rebels as weapons-training base, but the rebels said was a school.

The three - age 18, 19 and 20 - were brought from northern Mullaitivu to a hospital in central Sri Lanka on Aug. 18, Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando said.

Two of the girls are still receiving treatment at Kandy General Hospital for serious neurological injuries, while the third has been released and is in police custody, he said.

The girls were being held for questioning under Sri Lanka's anti-terrorism law, which allows detention for up to 90 days, Fernando said.

The bombing has been bitterly disputed, with the rebels and the United Nations Children's Fund saying dozens of schoolchildren attending a first aid course were killed.

The government insists the building was used by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam to train its recruits, and that those killed, regardless of age, were Tiger fighters.

Fernando said the three young women all claimed that they were taken by a member of the Tamil Tigers to a camp deep within rebel territory for first aid training.

However, when they reached the camp, they were forced to undergo weapons training, he said, citing their police statements.

The International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed that the three had been transferred to the Kandy General Hospital because of a lack of adequate facilities in the north, and were currently under arrest.

A medical official who answered the phone at the hospital said two of the girls were in the neurological ward, but declined to be more specific about their injuries.

The Tamil Tigers do not usually allow their members to receive treatment in government hospitals, even though the government has offered to treat them on a "humanitarian" basis.

The last Tiger known to have been treated in a government hospital was rebel spokesman Daya Master, who spent several days in a hospital in the capital in July last year for a heart ailment.


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 Post subject: Chencholai is not an 'orphanage' - Injured Girls
 Post Posted: Sat Sep 02, 2006 9:59 pm 
Chencholai is not an 'orphanage' - Injured Girls
Forcibly recruited youth given weapons training at Tiger Chencholai camp

Ranil Wijayapala
@CDN / 02Sep2006


COLOMBO: Three inmates at the so-called Chencholai 'orphanage' as claimed by the LTTE, injured in the August 14 aerial bombing in Mullaitivu and undergoing treatment at a hospital in Kandy, told Police that it was not an orphanage as claimed by the LTTE but a Tiger camp where hundreds of youth were given weapons training.

Inspector General of Police Chandra Fernando told the Daily News last night that the three girls undergoing treatment at the hospital has given details to Police how they were abducted by the LTTE and how they were given weapons training at this so-called orphanage as claimed by the LTTE.

According to the IGP, the three females aged 20, 19 and 18 were Advanced Level students in schools in Mullaitivu and had been forcibly recruited to the LTTE while studying at their schools.

"According to the youth they had been taken there by a person called Maran and were given weapons training at the Chencholai camp," the IGP said.

They had given statements to Police that they were given weapons training at the Chencholai camp when it came under aerial bombing.

"These youth have told Police that the place was not an orphanage," the IGP said.

According to the IGP one youth has already recovered from her injuries and is under Police protection while the other two are undergoing treatment at the hospital.

"The girls had been taken to the Vanni for treatment under ICRC facilitation and later transferred to Kandy in need of further medication," IGP Fernando added.

He said the girls have given all details about the Chencholai camp and the names of the youth undergoing weapons training along with them.

"Police are questioning the girls to get more details of this camp and the location," the IGP added.

The LTTE media machinery tried to expose to the world that Security Forces had bombed a girls' orphanage where hundreds of school students from various schools in Killinochchi and Mullaitivu were undergoing the 10 day first aid training programme.

The Government and Security Forces denied the LTTE's claim and emphasised that it was a military training camp used by the LTTE to train hundreds of youth and the target was taken after compiling enough evidence to prove it was an LTTE military camp.


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