945 military personnel injured in April - SL Prime Minister
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 06 May 2008, 09:42 GMT]
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake, who opened the debate on the state of emergency in the Sri Lankan Parliament Tuesday morning said 945 Sri Lankan security personnel were wounded in April, from March 30 upto April 29. However, he put the death toll for the April at 120 killed in action. 56 civilians were killed and 145 wounded, including the bus bomb in Piliyandala. He said there were also Sinhalese who were involved in carrying out the attack on the civilian bus in Piliyandala.
He appealed that all "patriotic forces in the country should unite to defeat the separatist war," and said that "terrorism should be fought at international level."
He added the east has been liberated and its people have been given the right to restore democracy with ballot.
"The people in the east are ready to defeat terrorism and the day is not far away for the same to happen in the north", he said.
The state of emergency was imposed in the country on 12th August 2005. Since then it is being extended by the parliament every month.