10 civilians killed by suspected LTTE cadres in Sri Lanka (Lead)

February 22nd, 2009 - 1:23 am ICT by IANS  

Colombo, Feb 21 (IANS) At least 10 civilians including two children were killed and five wounded in a village in Sri Lanka’s eastern Amparai district by a group of suspected Tamil Tiger guerrillas, the defence ministry said late Saturday.
It said that a group of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) cadres “opened indiscriminate small-arms fire at civilians in Kirimetiya at Rathmalgaha Ella, in Iginiyagala around 5.00 p.m Saturday”, killing at least 10 civilians including two children.

These people are mainly chena cultivators in the area and the wounded civilians had been rushed to the general hospital at Amparai.

“According to Iginiyagala police sources, LTTE terrorists have stormed into the Kirimetiya village and opened fire at civilians indiscriminately. The terrorists have shot at the civilians at pointblank range, the police said citing the injured who had managed to flee the area,” the ministry said.

It said that army and elite Police Special Task Force (STF) personnel were reinforced to the area in pursuit of the suspected terrorists.

There was no immediate word from the LTTE, which has been cornered into 100 sq km area in the northeastern Mullaitivu district by the advancing troops.

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