Six civillian killed Northeast Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sept 22(AFP) – At least six civilians were killed in separate incidents across Sri lanka’s embattled northeast, the defence ministry here said Friday. Security forces found the bullet-riddled bodies of three men in the Jaffna peninsula where another man had been similarly shot dead by unidentified attackers on Thursday, the ministry said.

It said a local postman was also shot dead in Jaffna and blamed that killing on Tamil Tiger rebels.

The guerrillas were also blamed for another killing in the eastern district of Batticaloa on Thursday.

Sri Lankan war planes on Thursday bombed suspected Tiger targets in the Jaffna peninsula, the air force said.

Israeli-built Kfir jets pounded positions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the southern sector of the peninsula where there are daily skirmishes between troops and the rebels.

The pro-rebel website said the military had also intensified artillery attacks from positions along the front line while Kfir jets dropped nine bombs and destroyed five civilian homes.

Tamilnet did not say if there were casualties among the civilians.

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