LTTE gunmen shot dead, Ven. Hadungamuwe Nandarathene Thero, a Buddhist monk at Mahadivulwewa-Stage 1, in the Morawewa General area, approximately 40 kilometers north east of Anuradhapura, on Sunday the 13th of May, at 09.15a.m

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Police on trail of Bhikku's assassins - MORAWEWA: The special police team investigating the assassination of the Chief Incumbent of the Pabbatharamaya temple at Morawewa, yesterday affirmed they had found a couple of new leads which they believe would lead them to identify the killers. The cremation of Ven. Handungamuwe Nandarathana Thera will take place on May 16. The Thera was reported to have been shot dead by three gunmen who had come on two motorcycles around 9.15 a.m. on May 13. The Thera was a former serviceman. Senior Superintendent of Police, Kantale Division, H.S.Dayananda said that they had found clues on the assassination. "We are investigating the incident from many sides. We are positive on identifying the suspects once the initial investigations have been completed," said SSP Dayananda. He said that there had been no reports of unrest over the incident among the public in Morawewa. Ven. Devananda Thera, a senior monk at Pabbatharamaya Temple condemned the assassination, saying it was a brutal act committed against a man's rights to live and his right to self expression. "The late Viharadhipathi, Ven. Nandarathana Thera had done a great service to the Sasana by his very presence in this temple under difficult circumstances amidst threats of terrorism," said Ven. Devananda Thera. "He engaged in religious activities by preaching Dhamma and participating in pirith chanting ceremonies for the welfare of the villagers. This he did even when there was hardly any dana being provided for his sustenance," he said (Full report in Daily News).

Bhikkhu Front calls for probe into Thera's killing COLOMBO: The National Bhikkhu Front (NBF) yesterday requested the Government to immediately conduct an investigation into the assassination of the Viharadhipathi of Tabbataramaya at Morawewa in Mahadiulwewa, Ven. Hadungamuwe Nandarathana Thera by two unknown gunmen on Sunday. They called the Government to prevent attempts made by the LTTE to distance itself from this assassination. "As a Buddhist monk, Ven. Nandarathana Thera has been actively involved in preventing the communalism created among the Tamil people in the North and East by the LTTE. It was revealed that terrorists were attempting to prevent these activities of the Thera. The Tigers have followed the same policy to assassinate Nandarathana Thera who did not surrender to their power," the NBF said in a media release. The release said certain NGOs who favour the LTTE may attempt to whitewash the LTTE with regard to this killing. As the first stage, the LTTE through the Tamil Net has attempted to indicate that they were not behind this killing. Therefore the Government should prevent the attempts made by certain NGOs through their network to stress this LTTE's statement (Full report in Daily News).

Buddhist Monk Slain, Sri Lanka Killings Grind OnGunmen shot dead a senior Buddhist monk near a border separating government from Tamil Tiger territory in Sri Lanka's northeast - Gunmen shot dead a senior Buddhist monk near a border separating government from Tamil Tiger territory in Sri Lanka's northeast on Sunday, a day after troops killed five rebels, the military said. Military spokesman Brigadier Prasad Samarasinghe said it was too early to say who was behind the monk's killing in the far northeastern district of Trincomalee, where troops have evicted the rebels from territory they held under the terms of a now tattered 2002 ceasefire. "Two gunmen came and shot him," Samarasinghe said. "It is too early to say who has done it or even who we suspect has done it. It was in a Sinhalese area." The Tigers denied any involvement, and pointed the finger at the state security forces. "The monk who was attacked was a sympathiser of the Tamil cause. He had attended events in favour of the Tamil cause," Tiger military spokesman Rasiah Ilanthiraiyan said by telephone from the rebels' de facto state in the island's far north. "The military intelligence do not want a Sinhalese monk supporting our cause so maybe they could be behind this." Samarasinghe said the monk's shooting came a day after troops killed four Tiger fighters in the northwestern district of Mannar and another in the Jaffna peninsula. It also came after two-dozen landmines were found on Saturday in the besieged army-held northern Jaffna peninsula, which is cut off from the rest of the island behind rebel lines (Full report in Javno in Croatia)

Buddhist monk fatally shot in Sri Lanka, 4 guerrillas killed in clashes said military - Gunmen stormed a Buddhist temple in eastern Sri Lanka on Sunday and fatally shot the chief monk, while the military said clashes between soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels killed four guerrillas in the northwest. The Rev. Handungamuwe Nandarathana was at his temple in the eastern district of Trincomalee when unidentified assailants killed him, the defense ministry said, without releasing further details. Officials offered no word on who they suspect killed the monk, a member of Sri Lanka's majority ethnic group, the predominantly Buddhist Sinhalese. But Trincomalee lies close to territory controlled by the Tamil Tigers, rebels who have been fighting for nearly a quarter century for a homeland for Sri Lanka's largely Hindu Tamil minority. The Tamils have faced decades of discrimination at the hands of the Sinhalese, who account for more than 70 percent of the country's 20 million people and dominate its government and military. A 2002 cease-fire brought a measure of relief, but has largely collapsed in the last 19 months, leaving an estimated 4,000 more people dead. The military said Sunday that the latest deaths came in a clash between soldiers and rebels in the district of Mannar, 220 kilometers (135 miles) northwest of Colombo. An officer, speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with defense ministry protocol, said the violence broke out in Mannar on Saturday when soldiers spotted insurgents near a defensive line and fired on them, killing four. The rebels, however, rejected the government's claim. ``I don't know what they are talking about. We suffered no casualties in Mannar for the past few days,'' spokesman Rasiah Ilanthirayan said by telephone from the insurgents' stronghold in the northern town of Kilinochchi. Also Saturday, authorities recovered nearly 500 two-way radios, several explosives and nearly two dozen land mines in two separate seizures near Tiger territory, the defense ministry said (Full report in Sri Lanka Everything).

LTTE guns down Morawewa’s chief monk The Thera had played a prominent part in helping Tamils: - LTTE gunmen shot dead the Chief Incumbent of the Pabbatharamaya Temple in Mahadivulwewa, Morawewa last morning. Sources said three gunmen on two motorbicycles had shot Ven. Handungamuwe Nandarathana Thera around 9.15 a.m. adding that the attackers had fled immediately after the incident. According to the sources, Ven. Nandarathana Thera was a prominent social worker who worked tirelessly to help the people affected due to the ongoing conflict. The Thera had played a prominent part in helping Tamils in the area and had ordained several members of the community as Buddhist monks. The Morawewa area has been the focal point in many a blood letting in the past with the LTTE killing 20 villagers in 1986. In 1987, Tigers killed 10 villagers and destroyed their homes. The area has been under constant Tiger threat since then. This is the third such slaying by the LTTE in the recent past involving members of the clergy. On February 7, the LTTE killed the head priest of Pilliar Hindu Kovil in Batticaloa. The Head Priest Chelliah Kurukkal was dragged out and killed when he was having dinner with his family. The Priest was killed for garlanding President Mahinda Rajapaksa when he visited Vakarai on February 3 soon after the area was liberated from LTTE clutches. Morawewa Police is investigating (Full report in Daily News).

Buddhist Monk killed by suspected LTTE assassins - A Buddhist monk living in 'Sri Pabbattharamaya' Buddhist temple at Mahadivulwewa-Stage 1, Morawewa has been shot and killed by motorbike riding unidentified gunme. Ven. Hadungamuwe Nandarathene Thero, chief priest of 'Sri Pabbattharamaya' Buddhist temple was the monk who was shot and killed yesterday around 9.15 in the morning within the temple premises. According to Defense website, "Eyewitnesses in the area said that three LTTE gunmen who came on two motor cycles had shot dead the Monk and added that the motive of the killing was not known." In the meantime, according to pro-LTTE TamilNet assassins came in a motor bicycle to the Buddhist Vihare and called the chief priest out and fired at him. The attackers immediately fled the scene after the shooting, sources further said. Mahadiulwewa is located along Trincomalee-Anuradhapura road, about 34 km north of Trincomalee town. The Morawewa Police are conducting investigations (Full report in Asian Tribune).

Alleged LTTE gunmen assassinate a Buddhist monk- Anuradhapura Unidentified LTTE gunmen shot dead a Buddhist monk at Mahadivulwewa-Stage 1, in the Morawewa General area, approximately 40kilometers north east of Anuradhapura, on Sunday the 13th of May, at 09.15a.m. The assassinated Buddhist monk, Ven. Hadungamuwe Nandarathene Thero was said to be the Head Priest of the 'Sri Pabbattharamaya' Buddhist temple in Mahadivulwewa, according to civilian sources in the area. Eyewitnesses in the area said that three LTTE gunmen who came on two motor cycles had shot dead the Monk and added that the motive of the killing was not known. The Morawewa Police are conducting investigations. Earlier on 24 May 1986, about 15-20 LTTE terrorists walked into Mahadivulwewa stage 20, Sinhala village and shot dead 20 villagers and set fire to 20 houses. On 31 December 1987, an armed LTTE mob shot dead 10 villagers and burnt 15 houses, at Mahadiulwewa. Earlier, the LTTE terrorists brutally killed the Head priest of the Pulliar Hindu Temple at Sandiveli in Batticaloa, on 07th February. The Head priest Chellaiah Kurukkal Purameshvaram was dragged out and killed by the LTTE terrorists while, he was having dinner with his wife and children. The priest was brutally murdered for garlanding President Mahinda Rajapakse, during a visit to Vakarai on 03rd February, 2007 (Full report in Sri Lanka Defence Ministry).

Buddhist monk, five rebels killed in Sri Lanka violence - Unidentified gunmen have shot dead a Buddhist monk in east Sri Lanka as security forces killed five Tamil Tiger rebels elsewhere, officials have said. Monk Sandungamuwe Nandaratana was shot dead at a temple about 260 kilometres north-east of Colombo, military officials said, adding that the attackers had escaped. The monk was known to have ordained at least one member of the minority Tamil community as a Buddhist monk. Most Tamils are Hindus, while Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese are mainly followers of Buddhism. No one claimed responsibility for the shooting. In the island's north-west Mannar district, troops shot dead four members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on Saturday night (local time), the military said in a statement. It said another Tiger rebel was shot dead on Saturday along the defence line separating the Government-held part of the Jaffna peninsula from an area dominated by the Tigers. The LTTE has waged a 35-year campaign for independence that has claimed more than 60,000 lives. More than 4,800 people have been killed in the latest upsurge of fighting that began in December 2005 (Full report in ABC Online).

Buddhist monk shot dead, five rebels killed in Lanka  A Buddhist monk was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in eastern Sri Lanka today even as security forces killed five Tamil Tiger rebels elsewhere in the island. The elderly priest, Sandungamuwe Nandaratana, was killed at his temple in the Morawewa area, 260 kilometres north-east of Colombo, police said. He was a popular figure in the area and had also accepted a member of the minority Tamil community into the monkhood. In another incident, troops shot dead four members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in the north-western district of Mannar last night, the military said in a statement. It said another Tiger rebel was shot dead yesterday along the Muhamalai defence line in the Jaffna peninsula (Full report in Hindu).

Buddhist Monk Becomes Target of Unidentified Gunman - TRINCOMALEE: A BUDDHIST MONK living at SRI PABBATHARAMAYA at MAHADIVULWEWA, MORAWEWA in KANTHALE has been shot dead by an unidentified motorbike-riding gunman this morning (13) around 9.15 a.m. when he was inside the temple. The monk, Ven. HANDUNGAMUWE NANDARATHANA Thero, who was actively engaged in social work in the area, had been popular among the devotees in the village. Police are still not certain as to who was behind the brutal killing. The MORAWEWA Police are conducting investigations (Sri Lanka Army).


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