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Monday, August 07, 2006

15 Sri Lanka Aid Workers Slain

Fifteen aid workers who were on a post-tsunami relief mission were found slain in northeastern Sri Lanka relief agency officials announced on Monday.

The bodies of the aid workers for French relief agency Action Against Hunger were found late on Friday in the seaside town of Muttur which has seen heavy skirmishes in recent days.

Fighting between the army and Tamil Tigers erupted in the Muttur area after the rebels cut the water supply to villages more than two weeks ago.

The bodies were discovered just hours after the rebel agreed to reopen a disputed reservoir's flow for nearby government-held villages. It is not yet clear who killed the workers.

The director-general of Action Against Hunger, Benoit Miribel, said the organisation had not suffered such a loss since it was founded 25 years ago.

"Our sympathy is with the families of the victims and with all the civilians affected by this massacre, whose scale is not known," Miribel said.

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