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16 Bullet-riddled bodies found in Govt-controlled part of Sri Lanka

16 bullet-riddled bodies dumped in shallow graves in a government-controlled part of Sri Lanka.

The bodies were found on Thursday evening in the district of Anuradhapura, 208 kilometers north of the capital Colombo.

The victims had been blindfolded and shot, officials said.

Officials said they believed the victims had been killed elsewhere and that the graves were hurriedly dug by the side of a lonely stretch of road.

A local hospital source, who also asked not to be named, said autopsies will be performed by Saturday.

The defence ministry blamed Tamil Tiger rebels, who are fighting for independence from the island’s ethnic Sinhalese majority in a drawn-out and bloody conflict.

The work of the press is severely restricted in Sri Lanka, with reporters systematically barred by the government from travelling to front-line.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have already expressed fears that more civilians could be killed following the government’s decision this month to pull out of a ceasefire with the rebels.

The United Nations human rights body has also been demanding it be allowed to establish a permanent presence in Sri Lanka to monitor human rights, although the government has furiously rejected the demand.

Anuradhapura Magistrate Shivantha Manchanayaka visited the scene and ordered to Anuradhapura JMO to hold an inquest. He further ordered the bodies to be handed over to Kebithigollewa hospital.

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January 25, 2008 - Posted by | News

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