Monday, April 13, 2009

LTTE responds government's humanitarian pause with village massacre - Buttala

LTTE terrorists have responded the government offered humanitarian pause for the on-going counter-terrorist operations, with a brutal village massacre in the Island's South. According to the defence sources, the terrorists have butchered eight civilians including two children at Mahagodayaya village in Buttala last evening (Apr 12), just few hours after His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka declared a humanitarian pause, in view of the Sinhalese and Tamil New Year celebrations.

Police said a group of armed LTTE terrorists have stormed the village around 7.10 PM and killed 8 civilians, including two children, three women and three men by shooting them at point blank range. Among the victims were a one and half year-old infant and an 11-year boy. One child and an elderly woman have sustained serious injuries. The injured chilled is being treated at the intensive care unit at the government hospital Monaragala.

Defence observers are in the view that the attack is a clear indication of LTTE's lack of scope in finding a political solution to the legitimate grievances of the Tamil-speaking people in Sri Lanka.

A senior defence observer speaking to said that it is high time for the UN and other international bodies that insist on a ceasefire on the part of the government, to understand the true nature of the terrorism that the Sri Lankan citizen have to live with during last three decades.

His Excellency Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday (Apr 12) ordered the armed forces to remain defensive during the traditional New Year celebrations that's starts form today. The Sinhala & Tamil New Year is symbolic of the amity prevailing amongst all communities in Sri Lanka.

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