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* Mass grave found in former rebel controlled land in Sri Lanka
Sun, Mar 2, 2014, 01:11 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 01, Mullaitivu: A mass grave containing remains of nine people have been found in a garden of a home in the former rebel controlled area of Northern Province.

The family stumbled on the grave site when they were clearing the yard of their home in Puthukudiyiruppu of the Mullaitivu district, the police said.

"Remains of nine people have been found so far and the skeletal remains were taken for analysis by the judicial medical officer in the area," Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana told local media.

The latest discovery comes after the authorities excavated skeletal remains of 80 people from a mass grave site in nearby Mannar district of Northern Province, which was under the Tamil Tiger rebel control until 2008.

The government rejected attempts by special interest groups and media outlets to link the latest grave site to the country's security forces pointing out that rebels fleeing from government forces have killed their own soldiers as well as civilians in the war zone during the last phase of the war.

"Some interested parties are attempting to portray this as evidence of an incident for which the government and security forces should be held responsible," Military spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya has said in a statement.

"The LTTE (Tamil Tigers) unhesitatingly killed any individual or group of people that attempted to defy their orders. The skeletal remains found recently near a former LTTE-held area could very well be such dead buried secretly," he said.

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