Bishop Rayappu Joseph has written to Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksha that claymore mine attacks have been made from the jungle areas killing civilians.
The Bishop said that six civilians have been killed by claymore mines attacks within the last few weeks
“I have requested the Defence Secretary to take care that no military attacks happen in the reservation area said Bishop Rayappu Joseph.
The Bishop explained that Madhu is considered a sacred area and many pilgrims visit the place thruought the year.
When questioned why the bishop wrote to the Defence Secretary when it is well known that the LTTE is responsible for claymore mine attacks he said that it is the deep penetration units of the army that were responsible for these attacks.
“The local army commanders have informed me that these attacks are not conducted by them and it's the rapid deployment forces roaming in the jungles which are under direct instruction from the Defence Ministry that are conducting these attacks”