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Sri Lankan military ramps up security presence for local elections

The Sri Lankan military will be deployed to 155 “vulnerable points” during the upcoming local government elections with thousands of troops awaiting on standby, reports the Daily News.

Sri Lankan Military Spokesperson Brigadier Sumith Atapattu said 855 security personnel would be deployed from today onwards, though it is unclear where the “vulnerable” points are.

In addition to the hundreds of troops to be deployed, a further 6,200 would be kept “on standby” said the spokesperson “to respond to any situation as required”.


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