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* Death toll of suspected LTTE attack on rural villagers in Sri Lanka rises
Monday, April 13, 2009, 14:04 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 13, Buttala: The death toll of the suspected LTTE attack at Mahagodayaya along the Buttala-Monaragala road last night on villagers has risen to nine, police said.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent of Police Ranjith Gunasekara said that another four persons who were wounded severely succumbed to their injuries last night.

According to the hospital sources another woman with life threatening conditions is receiving treatments at the hospital.

A suspected gang of stray LTTE cadres attacked the residents of rural Mahagodayaya village in Buttala last night and killed five persons on the spot.

Police confirmed that three men, three women, and three children were among the dead.

Buttala police, Sri Lanka Army and Civil Defence Force are still conducting operations to arrest the suspected LTTE cadres.

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