Sri Lankan aid worker shot dead in Jaffna

July 23, 2007 (AFP) – A Sri Lankan aid worker employed by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) was shot dead on Monday in the besieged government-held northern district of Jaffna, the charity said. “We are very shocked by this terrible event,” DRC representive Charles Macfadden said in a statement, adding that his group was unaware of any motive for the killing.

The Sri Lankan defence ministry blamed the murder on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). There was no immediate comment from the rebels.

The rebels control large parts of the north and claim Jaffna, a peninsula at the uppermost tip of the island nation, as part of a separate state they have been fighting to establish since 1972.

The attack is the latest in a series of violent incidents targeting aid workers in the war-torn country.

Last month, a Filipino man working with the US charity Mercy Corps was shot and wounded by Sri Lankan sailors while walking outside his hotel in the tense northeastern coastal town of Trincomalee after dark.

The military blamed the incident on the hotel, saying it should have informed its guests of the tight security measures in the area.

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