Bodies of 15 aid workers found in Sri Lanka

Aug 7, 2006 (AFP) – Fifteen local employees of a French aid agency have been found dead in a town in northeastern Sri Lanka at the centre of heavy fighting betweeen Tamil rebels and government forces, an aid group said Sunday. Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday accused government forces of killing the 15 people. The bodies of 11 men and four women all wearing Action Against Hunger (ACF) t-shirts were found face down in their office in Muttur, Jeevan Thiagarajah, the head of the main umbrella group for aid agencies in the country, said.

“We don’t know how they died or even when it happend,” Thiagarajah, from the Consortium for Humanitarian Agencies, told AFP.

“Our staff drove to Muttur this morning and they found the bodies,” he added.