4 Sinhala civilian settlers shot dead near Vilpattu

[TamilNet, Monday, 26 November 2007, 09:26 GMT]
Four Sinhala paddy cultivators, including a female, were shot dead Monday morning around 8:45 in Maha Vilachiya DS division, northwest of Wilpattu wildlife sanctuary, Police said. Maha Vilachiya, situated northwest of Anuradhapura district is bordering the southern part of Mannaar, the Chilavattu'rai area which the SLA brought under its control two months ago. The division also borders the southern part of Vavuniyaa district.

The security of the area has been beefed up after the attack on Anuradhapura airbase.

Earlier, in March 2007, the Sri Lanka Army commander of the Anuradhapura Saliyapura Gajaba Regimental Headquarters, Colonel Jayantha Shurawera, and three of his men inlcuding a Major, and four national park employees were killed in a gunfire ambush inside the sanctuary.

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