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5 paddy farmers killed, 2 wounded in LTTE genocidal attack - Neelapola

5 paddy farmers killed, 2 wounded in LTTE genocidal attack - Dehiwatte

5 paddy farmers were killed and 2 wounded when a group of LTTE terrorist infiltrators stormed into Dehiwatte village, a remote locality at Serunuwara yesterday (March 24) at around 11p.m.

The injured people were admitted to the Kantale Hospital, Serunuwara Police said.  "A group of terrorists armed with T-56 assault riffles had taken 7 farmers who were looking-after their cultivation forcibly and killed 5 at pointblank range", a Serunuwara Police official said citing statements given by the two other injured farmers.  "The terrorists had tied their (farmers) hands and taken them to an isolate location, some 2km from the paddy fields:  Forced them to kneel and shot indiscriminately at close range", police sources further said.

The bodies of the deceased farmers were taken to the General Hospital at Muttur for postmortem. On 6th April, 1985 LTTE terrorists killed over 15 civilians at Dehiwatta, in a similar village massacre.

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