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Sri Lanka Bombs East, Tells People For Their Own Good

By: on 30 Jul 2006

On Wednesday July 26th, Sri Lankan Armed Forces bombed LTTE-controlled areas in Trincomalee district in response to the July 22nd closure of the Mavilaru sluice gate preventing water from reaching farmers in government-controlled areas. Two civilians were wounded, and two houses were destroyed. This is the first aerial bombing since a June 15th SLAF retaliatory strike on LTTE-controlled areas in Trincomalee, following a landmine explosion that killed 63 civilians aboard a bus in Anuradhapura district. Trincomalee district was also subject to aerial strikes in the Muttur region, following a suicide bomber's assassination attempt on SLA Commander, Lt-Gen. Sarath Fonseka on April 25th. Both attacks were immediately attributed by the government and several media outlets to the LTTE. The group denies involvement, despite both events carrying the hallmarks of their previous actions.

Sri Lanka's most recent military action arrives in the wake of extrajudicial killings, disappearances and other outbreaks of violence on the part of the government, the LTTE, the Karuna group, and "other armed groups," killing over 800 people this year. The majority have been civilians.

In defense of the bombings, military spokesperson, Keheliya Rambukwella, had this to say:

"Aircraft carried out several bombings purely as a humanitarian gesture to support the movement of irrigation engineers who went there to open the gates," he said. [Link]

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