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Terrorism police arrest main suspect in police sword attack and six other Tamil youths

A 22-year-old Tamil man, reportedly a main suspect in the sword attack on police in Kokkuvil, was arrested by the Terrorism Investigation Department, along with six other Tamil youths on Monday.

A police spokesperson claimed that all seven youths were part of the 'Aava' criminal gang.

The youths underwent extensive interrogation by TID officers and are to be presented to the Jaffna Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Although Sri Lankan police blamed former LTTE cadres for the Kokkuvil attack, locals highlighted that the arrests made following the incident have all been of young, Tamil men in their early twenties, none of whom are old enough to be ‘rehabilitated’ cadres.