Two Muslims killed in Kinniya

[TamilNet, Monday, 24 November 2003, 02:44 GMT]
Two Muslim civilians were killed by unknown assailants in two separate incidents in the Kinniya division in Trincomalee district, security sources said. The first incident took place at Faizal Nagar on Sunday night at about 9 p.m. and the other at Kachchaikoditivu on Monday early morning around 2 a.m, sources added.

Sources said that a few people have also been wounded during the incidents and they have admitted to Kinniya and Trincomalee General hospitals.

The General Officer Commanding of the Sri Lanka Army in Trincomalee district, Major General Sunil Tennekoon, and the Chinabay Police head, Mr.Clement Fernando, Monday morning rushed to Kinniya to assess the situation and to strengthen the security situation in the Kinniya division, security sources said.

Muslim civilians died in grenade attacks according to preliminary reports reaching the police, security sources said.

Additional police and army soldiers have been deployed in Kinniya, Alankerni and other villages in the Kinniya division to prevent further violence in the division, police said.

Meanwhile the Kinniya Jemiyathulmal Ulama ( Muslim Theologian) Council has appealed to Muslims through loud hailers installed in the mosques in the division to maintain calm, Kinniya residents said.

 

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