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Sri Lankan troops ‘assist’ with Hindu temple ceremony

Sri Lankan soldiers took part in a religious ceremony at a Tamil Hindu temple in Kilinochchi last month.

As thousands of Tamil devotees came to the Kanakambikal Ambal Hindu Temple “troops assisted the conduct of the pooja,” said an official Sri Lankan military website.

The commander of Sri Lanka’s Security Forces – Kilinochchi was also handed the first copy of a CD of Hindu prayers, in a ceremony held before other devotees.

Sri Lanka’s military has been extensively involved in civil life in the Tamil North-East, including in temples and other places of worship.