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Lawmakers: Violence returns to northern Sri Lanka

[The Washington Post, Thursday, 6 January 2011 08:52 No Comment]

Sri Lankan lawmakers say the country’s former war zone is again seeing unexplained killings, abductions and rapes despite tight security in the region.

Ethnic Tamil lawmakers have submitted to Parliament a list of 15 incidents that occurred in the northern Jaffna peninsula in the past two months. The area is the cultural heartland of ethnic Tamils and was a stronghold of Tamil Tiger rebels before they were defeated by the military in 2009.

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