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Twelve civilians shot and hacked to death by LTTE

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Twelve civilians including children were shot and hacked to death by LTTE cadres while four others including two children sustained serious injuries in an attack at Rathmalgaha Ella, near Rathugala in Inginiyagala yesterday evening, the Defence Ministry said.

"A small group of Tamil Tigers stormed Karawetiyagama at Rathmalgaha Ella, in Iginiyagala Saturday (21) around 5.00 p.m., opened indiscriminate fire at the villagers killing at least twelve of them and seriously injuring some more" Army said. It is reported two of the death are small children. Two more children are also among the injured, report further said.

Army and Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel launched a search operation in the area to hunt down the attackers.

The villagers in Karawetiyagama are traditional farmers who earned their living through chena cultivation.
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