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‘Those guilty must be held to account’ – US condemns shooting in Mullaitivu

Responding to reports of the Sri Lankan army opening fire on those queuing for petrol, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has condemned the military’s violence and demanded that those responsible be held accountable.

On Twitter the Committee tweeted:

The statement follows a similar condemnation by US Ambassador for Sri Lanka, Julie Chung, who urged an urgent investigation into the use of excessive force.


At least two Tamils were injured during the gunfire and a further three Tamil youth were detailed by the army. Troops reportedly attacked locals after they began to raise complaints about the uneven distribution of fuel, with soldiers manning the station giving preferential to a select few. Locals had queued for hours to secure fuel which has been in short supply across the island.

Her statement comes as locals have stressed the need for international accountability for previous mass atrocities committed by the army to end a culture of impunity.

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