Mutur ICRC office attacked

[TamilNet, Thursday, 06 September 2001, 05:31 GMT]
The sub office of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Muttur town, south of Trincomalee was attacked with grenades by unidentified persons Thursday early morning around 1 a.m. The office building was damaged in the attack. An ICRC's vehicle parked in the premises was also damaged in the explosion, police sources said. The ICRC's sub office is situated in the heart of Muttur town, which is in the control of the Sri Lanka Army.

Police recovered an unexploded grenade from the scene. The Police and the Sri Lanka Army are conducting investigations into this incident, sources said. The activities of the ICRC in Muttur area have been suspended until further notice.

The office has been closed down with immediate effect and the entire staff about 14 members working there has been asked to report to the office of the ICRC office in Trincomalee town, ICRC sources said. Last year also on October 2 the Muttur sub office of the ICRC came under attack by a group of unidentified persons.

The office was stoned during that attack. Three grenades were lobbed on the ICRC office this time, police sources

 

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