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Media attacks by ‘army intelligence

[BBC, Saturday, 10 January 2009 13:47 No Comment]

The main opposition in Sri Lanka has accused sections of Sri Lanka Army (SLA) of carrying out attacks on media.

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Leader of the opposition and the United National Party (UNP), Ranil Wickramasinghe, said many SLA personnel are "appalled" by the actions of a few.

 

"Security forces say that the whole country will be destroyed by the actions of a small group in the intelligence unit," he told the parliament amidst disturbances by the ruling party members.

 

‘Next threat to Government’

Adding that the group is out of control from the government, Mr. Wickramasinghe warned not only the media and the opposition but even the members of the government will also come under attack by the said group.

 

The editor of Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickramatunga, was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen on Thursday in Colombo.

 

He was a strong critic of Mahinda Rajapaksa government and exposed corruption in the administration and the military.

 

The UNP leader said he will call for an international investigation into the killing.

 

A private television network, MTV-MBC, was attacked by gunmen on early morning Tuesday.

 

Mr. Wickramasinghe earlier told a public gathering that the attackers were in possession of 8.5kg claymore bomb and T56 automatic rifles.

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