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Former LTTE fighter abducted by Civil Defence Force member

Updated 17:45 GMT

A former female LTTE fighter, who is working as a pre-school teacher under the management of Sri Lanka's Civil Security Division (CSD) at Puthukudiyiruppu, Mullaitivu was abducted by a member of the Civil Defence Force on Wednesday, before being hospitalised earlier today.

The 26 year old woman, named as Vishvalingam Vinothiny from Puthukudiyiruppu, was heading to the pre-school on Wednesday morning when four men on motorcycles stopped her.

The men assaulted her until she fell unconcious before placing her on one of the motorcycles and driving off. 

One of the key suspects in the abduction is a Tamil member of the Civil Defence Force, a paramilitary unit, auxilliary to the security forces, which specifically targets Tamils in the conflict zones for recruitment.

According to locals, who wished to remain anonymous, officers with Sri Lanka's police force, who know the suspect well, stood by whilst the attack and abduction took place.

She was admitted to Puthukkudiyiruppu Hopsital at 10:00 this morning. Her current condition is unknown.

Ms Vinothiny, a former member of the LTTE was put through the Sri Lankan government's 'rehabilitation' programme after the end of the armed conflict, before also joining Civil Defence Force.

She underwent training for preschool teaching whilst she was at Poonthoddam detention centre, before being placed at a military run pre-school, initiated by the former Jaffna Commander and later by the Northern Provincial Council governor.

The abduction comes as the new Sri Lankan government sought to build its international credibility by releasing on Tuesday the prominent disappearance campaigner, Balendran Jeyakumari. The move was timed to coincide with the Sri Lankan president, Maithripala Sirisena's bilateral discussions with the UK prime minister David Cameron and ahead of the Indian prime minister's visit to Sri Lanka.