Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Video: President visits the villages LTTE terrorists attacked

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has assured that all arrangements are in place to halt inhuman activities of the ruthless terrorists and wipe out terrorism.

The President gave this assurance after paying last respects to villagers murdered by the LTTE terrorists in the Thanamalwila, Kalawelgala and Hambegamuwa areas. The President, who toured the area this morning, expressed deepest sympathies to family members of the victims. He told the villagers that an unfortunate situation has surfaced, as groups from among them are encouraging terrorism. He said maintaining a constant vigil on them is necessary.
The President also paid his last respects this afternoon to Piyadasa Amarasinghe, a senior SLFP member. The body was placed at his residence at Middeniya.

10 villagers were killed in a brutal attack unleashed by the terrorists targeting innocent civilians. Troops on foot patrol in the area had monitored a suspicious group and ordered them to stop. But the group had opened fire. In the confrontation three were killed. Another seven died in a encounter during a search operation. Among the dead were home guards, members of the police and civilians. Parliamentarians and Defence Chiefs visited Thanamalwila on the instructions of the President. Minister Jagath Pushpakumara had discussions with the civilians and provided immediate relief to impacted families. Parliamentarian Basil Rajapakse assured that the government was adopting strategies to defeat the terrorists. The civilians of Thanamalwila said they are always prepared to be a strength to the armed forces in their endeavour to defeat terrorism.