The Sri Lankan army ceremoniously declared open a Buddhist shrine in Kilinochchi with a religious ceremony in the Tamil North-East on Monday.
An official military website boasted that the shrine had been built “within a short period of time” following the planting of a branch of a Bodhi tree at the military headquarters on January 2nd 2016.
“In this invaluable religious programme was arranged under the direction of Commander, Security Forces - Kilinochchi and opening ceremony were lined with a religious event like Perahera and Bodhi Pooja Pinkama,” said the website.
The construction, which took just over 2 months, was undertaken by troops with the 11 ESR section.
A religious ceremony was conducted by the army at the opening, with troops dressed in white making offerings and Buddhist monks overseeing proceedings.