Nothing substantial found in alleged mass grave in Lanka

The mass grave allegedly contained ashes of 26 govt troops executed by LTTE.

Colombo: Contrary to suspicions, Sri Lankan investigators hardly found any evidence as they carried out digging of a site where the Tamil Tigers are alleged to have mass buried government troops killed by them.

Only a few pieces of clothes and some empty bullets were found from the site, military officials said.

The government investigators comprising forensic experts exhumed the area where four LTTE detainees had confessed that it was "a place where 26 Sri Lankan military soldiers both from Army and Navy were buried".

The site on the border of Kilinochchi and Mulativu districts was a stronghold of the now eliminated LTTE.

Police suspected that the soldiers who may have been executed were those undeclared as captives by the LTTE to international humanitarian organisations.

The details of the suspected mass grave came up during an interrogation of arrested LTTE cadres by the Terrorists Investigation Unit of the Sri Lanka police.

They reportedly told the police that the LTTE shot and killed the captives and later burnt their bodies and buried when government troops marched into Kilinochchi early last year.


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