Ex-Tamil rebel reveals massacre during war

Colombo, Aug 4 (IANS) A former Tamil Tiger guerrilla now in Sri Lankan custody has revealed that the rebels killed more than 80 captives including a policeman and a soldier, police said Sunday.

The man alleged that during the war that ended in 2009, the Tamil Tigers murdered more than 80 people including an army captain who were held at a rebel-run prison, reports Xinhua.

A police statement said the rebel also revealed the location where the victims were burnt after being killed and this has been confirmed by three other rebels who are in police custody.

The rebel said the 80 people had been detained at a prison in Pudukuduirippu in Sri Lanka's north, which was once under the control of the now crushed Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

According to the rebel, 30 of them were taken to a jungle in a truck in May 2006 and were killed while 50 others were taken in a truck and a bus also to a jungle in July 2006 and slain.

The policeman was believed to have been taken to a jungle and murdered in September 2006 and his body was burnt while the army captain was murdered in 2009.

The police said a magisterial inquiry will be conducted on the victims and the location where the bodies were believed to have been burnt.

The Tamil Tigers were defeated in May 2009 after 30 years of war against the government. Both the government and the rebels have been accused of committing war crimes.


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