Jan 25, Colombo: Police found more than a dozen unidentified bodies of youth dumped in a swamp at Kiriketuwewa on the Horoupathana - Kebithigollawa road in North Central Sri Lanka yesterday, the military said.
The victims, some with their hands tied behind their backs were apparently hacked to death, the sources added.
Military spokesman Brigadier Udaya Nanayakkara said the Police found the decomposing bodies in a grave after a report by a local resident. Authorities blamed the Tiger rebels for the atrocity.
Police said the victims are believed to be a group of civilians who had gone searching for their cattle. Investigations are continuing.
Sri Lanka government formally ended the 2002 ceasefire agreement on Jan 16th amid escalating violence in the northern areas.