Curfew imposed in eastern Sri Lanka town after clashes

Report
from Xinhua
Published on 20 Sep 2006
COLOMBO, Sept 20, 2006 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- A police curfew was imposed in an eastern Sri Lankan town on Wednesday after civilians clashed with the police special task force (STF) for the massacre of 11 Muslim civilians in the region, police said.

The police division of Pottuvil in the Ampara district was brought under an indefinite curfew at mid-day local time (0630 GMT) following a shooting incident which injured some 14 Muslim civilians.

The Muslims demonstrated opposite the STF camp at Pottuvil demanding the transferring out from the area of its officer-in- charge.

The demonstrators hurled stones at a group of STF men prompting the force to open fire. Hospital sources said four of the injured were in serious condition.

The STF was held responsible by the Muslim residents for Monday 's massacre of 11 Muslim construction workers in Pottuvil.

However, the government blamed the Tamil Tiger rebels for the massacre.

The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam rebels said on Monday that the massacre site was located near a main STF camp in the area and there was no way that the Tigers could have carried out the attack on the Muslims.

The Muslims calling for independent probe on the massacre had carried out demonstrations throughout Muslim areas in the multi- ethnic Eastern Province on Tuesday.

The government took swift action to bring the situation under control and paid immediate compensation to the families of the 11 massacred.