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Homes in Jaffna vandalised by unknown persons

Homes in Jaffna were vandalised earlier this week, as crime continues to take place across the peninsula.

The gates of homes, fences and water boring in Columbuthurai were damaged earlier this week, in yet another episode of vandalism.

Crime across Jaffna has risen in recent years, despite a massive military presence with tens of thousands of soldiers stationed in the peninsula.

A situation brief produced by Jaffna based think-tank Adayaalam Centre for Policy Research (ACPR), expressed concern over alleged links between gangs such as the Aava gang and military intelligence.

A rise in activity of the Aava gang was noticed at the end of 2016, despite most of the individuals linked to the gang having been arrested beforehand. Arrests have taken place in recent weeks, however crimes such as vandalism and robberies have continued to take place.