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Last updated: 06 March, 2005 - Published 18:53 GMT
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Welikanda killings "a land dispute"
Injured in the hospital (photo Raj Weerasinghe)
Six civilians were shot dead and three more injured in the shooting
Sri Lanka’s police say that initial investigations have shown that discrepancies in Mahaweli land distribution to have resulted in the killings in Welikanda.

Six civilians were shot dead and three more injured in the shooting on Saturday evening in Kolakanawadiya, Welikanda.

Sri Lanka Army (SLA) accused the Tamil Tigers where Sinhala, Tamil and Muslims were targeted in one night.

Condemning the killing, deputy leader of LTTE’s eastern political wing Daya Mohan accused “forces set to undermine the emerging harmony among three communities” for the killing.

The Sri Lankan government should be held accountable for the incident, as it happened in the government controlled area, he said.

Polonnaruwa Senior Superintendant of Police (SSP) MJ Savangan, however, told journalists that the police are yet to find concrete evidence on those responsible.

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