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Five farmers killed, two wounded by suspected rebels in NE Sri Lanka
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20:24, March 25, 2009

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Five farmers were killed and two others were wounded by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka on Tuesday, the military said on Wednesday.

Officials from the Defense Ministry said the paddy farmers were attacked by a group of LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eealm) rebels in the remote Dehiwatte village at Serunuwara at around 11 p.m. local time (1730 GMT).

The rebels took seven farmers who were looking-after their cultivation forcibly and killed five of them at pointblank range, the military said.

The LTTE have been leading an armed separatist campaign since the mid-1980s to carve out a separate homeland for the minority Tamil community based on claims that the Tamil are being discriminated at the hands of Sinhalese majority governments.

More than 70,000 people have been killed in Asia's longest civil war.

The troops have captured almost all of the 15,000 sq km territories formerly held by the LTTE in a military offensive started in 2006.

Source: Xinhua

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