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LTTE denies hand in southern killings

The Tigers last week denied any involvement in the attacks against the civilians in the south.

LTTE's denial came 48 hours after President Mahinda Rajapakse told the media he did not believe the LTTE were behind the bomb attacks in Colombo or the attacks in the south. The President said he believed it was the work of a political group and interested business parties.

LTTE military spokesperson Rasiah Illanthirayan told The Sunday Leader that the government's allegations against the LTTE on civilian attacks were totally false.

"The LTTE has no connection at all with the civilian attacks in the south," Illanthirayan said. 

Ilanthirayan also said that the government continued to attack civilian areas in the Wanni.

"The LTTE is being accused of carrying out attacks on civilians in the south, which is totally false. At the same time, the Sri Lankan government forces continue their strikes on civilian areas in the Wanni," he said.

One civilian was killed and three were injured due to air strikes in the Krishnapuram area, Ilanthirayan added.

He stated that Krishnapuram was populated with up-country people who had settled in the area in the 1980s.

Speaking on the discovery of 16 bodies in Kebethigollewa last week, Ilanthirayan stated that the discovery could contain the answer to the disappearances of civilians in Vavuniya and Colombo.

"That is our view. It was reported that the recovered bodies were of youths. This might be the answer to the disappearances of civilians in the north and south."

Attacks on civilians intensified in the south following the abrogation of the Ceasefire Agreement by the government.

However, the Tigers had expressed their willingness to be a part of the CFA despite the government's decision to withdraw.

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